Grantees Support Mass Rape Trial in DRC
February 24, 2011 | From the field | Human Rights

An army officer in the Democratic Republic of Congo found guilty of crimes against humanity for sending his troops to rape, beat up, and loot from the population of Fizi, and the judge said the state should pay reparations to the victims. Two MacArthur grantees were involved in the trial. The American Bar Association coordinated the mobile court, and Avocats Sans Frontieres led the efforts of six Congolese lawyers to represent the 60 victims in the case. It is considered significant that an army officer was prosecuted, since the usual pattern is to try only low-level soldiers. The story was covered by the BBC.

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