This report is the result of interviews with hundreds of partners, both Congolese and foreign, who witnessed the atrocities committed in the country. Documenting their stories and reflects their aspirations for justice. However, no report can not really describe the horrors experienced by the civilian population in Zaire now become the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where almost every individual has an experience of suffering and loss to tell. In some cases, victims become perpetrators of crimes and some officials were themselves victims of gross violations of human rights and international law Humanitarian in a cycle of violence that is not yet completed. The report is intended to represent the serious acts of violence that have affected – directly or indirectly – the vast majority of the population living in the DRC. Although it is not intended to establish individual responsibility, nor lay blame, in any report-candeur- reproduces often shocking stories of the tragedies of victims and witnesses. The report wants a first step, after a violent conflict to a process of truth sometimes painful but necessary.
This report provides an overview of the justice system in the DRC, based on views of different stakeholders in the justice system, including those who have been victims of its deficiencies. It has a number of options to consider by both Congolese and international actors involved in the difficult task of justice reform, faces multiple challenges. It calls for a commitment renewed the Government to ensure that justice becomes a pillar fundamentals of Congolese democracy. Finally, it looks to the future by identifying several paths that could borrow Congolese society to deal with its Historically, the fight against impunity and deal with these challenges in order to prevent that such atrocities from happening again.
Through their testimonies included in the report, the Congolese have demonstrated vis-à-vis commitment to truth and justice. The ultimate impact of this project depend on the follow-up actions by the Government and the people of the DRC. Even though he in the first place belongs to the Government of the DRC and its people to define and implement an approach to transitional justice, they must also be able to rely in this regard on the support of the international community. The High Commission UN human rights will remain a committed partner the Democratic Republic of Congo in the essential quest for true peace durable.
High Commissioner of the United Nations Human Rights