The military court of first instance convicted five of these soldiers. In addition, the court considered the Congolese State civilly liable for the crimes, ordering it to compensate the victims. However, the Congolese government showed a lack of willingness in this case to compensate the victims of international crimes. In fact, none of the reparations determined by the court was implemented, and none of the victims received anything.
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The military court of first instance convicted five of these soldiers. In addition, the court considered the Congolese State civilly liable for the crimes, ordering it to compensate the victims. However, the Congolese government showed a lack of willingness in this case to compensate the victims of international crimes.
In fact, none of the reparations determined by the court was implemented, and none of the victims received anything. Sadly, this practice is very common: in , none of the victims of similar cases has ever received any compensation from the State. Convinced of the need to keep fighting, TRIAL International submitted the file for the granting of reparations to the competent authorities in Kinshasa in June After a year of endless procedures and negotiations with the relevant authorities, still no compensation has been paid.
Besides the benefit to the victims, a successful outcome in these proceedings would represent a very important precedent for the reparation of all victims of international crimes in DRC. Share This:. Lemera Related Content News releases.
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Although the group was successful in overthrowing Mobutu, the alliance fell apart after Kabila did not agree to be dictated by his foreign backers, Rwanda and Uganda , which marked the beginning of the Second Congo War in By the middle of , the situation in eastern Zaire was simmering with tension. Following the Rwandan genocide in , hundreds of thousands of ethnic Hutus had fled across the border into Zaire where they settled in large refugee camps. The RDR began to use the camps as bases to infiltrate back across the border and conduct an insurgency. Despite protests by the new government of Rwanda , the Zairian government and international organizations providing humanitarian aid to the camps were unwilling to remove the militants from the refugee population. At the same time, the position of the Banyamulenge minority, ethnic Tutsis who had lived in Zaire for generations, was growing precarious.