Democratic Republic of the Congo

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The Case Matrix Network (CMN) has co-operated with a wide range of actors including court administrators, investigating judges, prosecutors, the national government, and other local partners in order to strengthen their capacity to map conflict related violence, with a particular focus on sexual and gender-based violence, as well as enhanced methodologies and policies for case selection and prioritisation. On 19 March 2018, the President of the Superior Council of Magistrates (CSM) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Benoît Lwamba Bindu, signed into force Practice Direction No. 02/PCC-PCSM/2018 for the Selection and Prioritisation of Crimes Against Peace and Security of Mankind, in Particular Sexual Violence at the Investigation Stage. The CMN provided its methodology and technical support to aid the development of this directive.

Context

The contemporary armed conflict in the DRC is characterised by an overwhelming number of sex crimes, many more than the national criminal justice system can process – there were 15,654 reported incidents in 2012, an increase of 52% compared to 2011. However, there is no consistent policy on prioritisation of sex crimes in the DRC, owing primarily to limited resources, skills and expertise.