Nobel peace laureate calls for urgent justice in Congo
DAKAR, Senegal (AP)—Congolese Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege notes the need for an international crime tribunal to investigate mass atrocities that continue in his region, including broad-based sexual abuse.
Despite a scathing study published 10 years ago, Mukwege claimed to the Associated Press in an Internet interview from Panzi Hospital he established in Bukavu, east of Congo to treat survivors of sexual violent crimes. Crimes against humanity , war crimes and even crime of genocide are perpetrated without immunity in Congo;
The Congolese citizens have spokens today to seek retribution, he says. "We realize that when offences go unpunished it implies that we've just opened the window for more offences, and the Congo example is really striking."
He said that the only way to work towards sustainable peace in this country, because "fighting impunity is the only way of motivating and stabilizing citizens.
And this peace has to be just, real and reconciled.
The Doctor has a firm base in Bukavu, where the Government of Congo and international community marched thousands on Thursday in order to seek fairness and intervention.
The call of Mukwege is coming ten years from publication of a survey of various abuses of international human rights and humanitarian law in the Congo, including over 617 crimes perpetrated between 1993 and 2003 by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The study documents mass assassinations, sexual abuse , child assaults and other abusses by the insurgents, international armies and the Congolese military.
The key casualties of abuse reported in the United States have been women and girls.
Report proposing that Congo adopt transitional justice frameworks.
However, Mukwege said nothing was achieved.
In August, the President of Congo Felix Tshisekedi said he wishes the government to fight abusses and abuses for past and current abuses by punishment.
Tshisekedi's mindset Mukwege commended stating that it might help.
It is also the duty of the UN, Mukwege stated.
For Congo, to do what it can.
"The key mandate of the United Nations lies of maintaining world peace and stability and also in utilizing its information to establish harmony," he stated, adding that the United Nations. It is accountable for this.
The international criminal court in Congo should be created.
"We've tried it all ...
Violence did little, just a cycle of violence was formed.
Negotiations were sought, but little was achieved after the negotiations.
They merely authorized those offenders to hold posts in the legislature, the army, the police and security services, "he charged.
"The key to tell clearly to all criminals: 'This is not agreed' could be foreign justice, combined with national competence."
The United Nations recently sent peacekeepers to defend him and his hospital, with more than 85,000 people being cared for abuse or fertility problems, and helping restore their life in a country of too many. Mukwege has recently become the victim of a huge amount of attacks against him, his family and his hospital.
In 2012, he escaped a kidnapping attempt and had already received death threats.
It's the women who scream for accountability now, he notes.
"I am very happy to see heroines, independent people and strong women struggling not just for their freedom, but also for their children's rights and the rights of future generations," says Mukwege.
He said the women talked despite "the men who claimed they 'd certainly crushed them."
He added: "You are successful, you will no longer think yourself a woman who has lost... would say, 'I'll battle for women's rights, that I'm the last one to be raped?'
The award was granted to Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman assaulted and worldwide campaigner for victims of sexual abuse by insurgents from Islamic states in Iraq, for his hospital work 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. Mukwege was honoured.
AP journalist Jean-Jews Kamale contributed in Kinshasa, Congo