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Justice on Trial : Lessons from the Minova Rape Case in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Author: Géraldine Mattioli-Zeltner; Human Rights Watch (Organization),
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Human Rights Watch, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : International government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This 102-page report shows how, despite massive international support and attention, the so-called Minova rape trial failed to deliver justice for either the victims or the accused. The report describes the military justice system's response to the rape of at least 76 women and girls by thousands of retreating army troops who rampaged through the small market town of Minova and neighboring villages in eastern Congo  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, International government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Géraldine Mattioli-Zeltner; Human Rights Watch (Organization),
ISBN: 9781623132781 1623132789
OCLC Number: 935299354
Notes: "The report was researched and written primarily by Géraldine Mattioli-Zeltner, advocacy director in the International Justice Program of Huam Rights Watch"--Acknowledgments.
Description: 102 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 27 cm
Contents: Glossary of Abbreviations --
Summary --
Recommendations : To the Congolese Government --
To the Personal Representative of the Congolese Head of State in Charge of the Fight against Sexual Violence and the Recruitment of Children --
To the Congolese Defense Minister --
To the Congolese Parliament --
To the Military General Prosecutor's Office and the High Military Court --
To the Military Prosecution Offices in North Kivu and South Kivu, and Other Provinces where Grave International Crimes are Committed --
To the United Nations, Intergovernmental and Governmental Donors and Partners, including MONUSCO, the United Nations Development Program, the European Union, Belgium, France, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States --
To MONUSCO --
To the Justice and Corrections Unit and the UN Prosecution Support Cells --
To the International Criminal Court --
Methodology --
I. Background: Minova and Surrounding Villages, November 2012 --
Minova Investigation and Trial --
II. The Investigation and Prosecution: Lack of Investigative Plan to Tackle Mass Crimes --
Prosecution Errors --
Difficulties in Establishing Sexual Violence --
Insufficient Support from UN Prosecution Support Cells --
III. Fair Trial Issues: Lack of Clear Evidence against Many Convicted Soldiers --
No Right to Appeal --
Weak Legal Assistance for Rank-and-File Soldiers --
IV. Determination of the Accused and Command Responsibility: Command Responsibility Theory --
Command Responsibility in the Minova Case --
V. Advances in the Minova Case: Congolese Authorities' Support for Justice in Minova --
International Financial, Logistical Support --
Security and Protection for Involved Parties --
Victim Participation --
Direct Application of the ICC's Rome Statute --
Diplomatic Pressure --
VI. The Way Forward: Criminal Justice System Reforms --
International justice mechanism --
VII. Role of International Partners: International Criminal Court Involvement --
Financial, Political Support by Donor Agencies and Governments --
Acknowledgements.
Other Titles: Lessons from the Minova Rape Case in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Responsibility: written by Géraldine Mattioli-Zeltner.

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This 102-page report shows how, despite massive international support and attention, the so-called Minova rape trial failed to deliver justice for either the victims or the accused. The report describes the military justice system's response to the rape of at least 76 women and girls by thousands of retreating army troops who rampaged through the small market town of Minova and neighboring villages in eastern Congo in November 2012"--Publisher's description.

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