Impunity Watch and partners organise Policy Forums in DRC to put transitional justice on the political agenda
On 26 and 28 February 2019, Impunity Watch and our Congolese partners organised two Policy Forums in the cities of Butembo and Beni in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Politico-administrative authorities, judicial authorities, and political actors gathered to discuss the results and recommendations from our research on transitional justice in the DRC.
The Forums examined the role that political actors can play in the establishment of appropriate mechanisms and initiatives for dealing with the past, seeking their specific engagement in developing transitional justice policies for the DRC. The Forums provided an opportunity to discuss the importance of putting dealing with the past on the political agenda during the ongoing electoral process in the country.
In addition to the provincial authorities, more than ten candidates for the 31 March 2019 provincial elections participated in the Forums, including eight women candidates. Following the exchanges and deliberations, the various stakeholders made specific commitments to include transitional justice in their political programmes and mandates.
More information is available here (French).