The Accountability Landscape in Eastern DRC

Sofia Candeias, Luc Côté, Elsa Papageorgiou, and Myriam Raymond-Jetté
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This report analyzes the response of Congolese judicial authorities to international crimes committed in the territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 2009 to 2014, with a particular focus on the war-torn East (North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituri). It finds that the number of open investigations into international crimes remains very low compared to the number of atrocities being committed. To advance the prosecution of international crimes in national courts, it recommendations accelerating Parliament’s adoption of key legislation in the fight against impunity, developing a prosecutorial strategy that prioritizes cases, and undertaking a comprehensive mapping of international crimes.