Sacramento, CA – August 3 – Makuba Sekombo, Director of Community Affairs of MJPC, released the following statement regarding the convictions of FARDC officers for crimes against humanity in North Kivu.
“MJPC applauds decision by the Military courts to hold accountable soldiers who commit war crimes and crimes against humanity to end impunity widely believed to be contributing factor of the continued sexual violence against girls and women in the east DR Congo. While the military court’s decision is significant, it is important not to lose sight of fact that the Congolese criminal justice system simply remains in a dysfunctional state. The 3 convictions in North Kivu represent only a fraction of thousands uninvestigated and unprosecuted cases of sexual violence against women by men in military uniform in the same area.
MJPC also reiterates its call on the Government of Congo and MONUC to act decisively to enforce the outstanding ICC arrest warrant against Bosco Ntaganda accused of orchestrating serious terrible abuses against Congolese civilians. He has been given a leadership role in the Congolese army despite an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC) since April 2008. He is co-accused in the trial of Thomas Lubanga. The congolese government must ensure that those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in DRC must be brought to justice”
Click here to sign petition calling on the Congolese Government and MONUC to act decisively to enforce the outstanding ICC arrest warrant against Bosco Ntaganda accused of orchestrating serious terrible abuses against Congolese civilians: http://www.gopetition.com.au/online/24459.html