This summary is drawn from a study conducted over several months on the protection of victims and witnesses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with a three-month mission in Kinshasa and the East of the Country, between October 2011 and March 2012.

Protection International (PI) met in the DRC mainly with 15 national NGOs, 2 networks of Human Rights NGOs, 7 international NGOs, 4 UN agencies (United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO), Rule of Law Unit of United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)), 3 embassies and the EU delegation, various international institutions or international programmes (PAG, USAID/Projustice, etc.), 7 lawyers, 9 civilian and military magistrates (prosecutors/auditors and judges), 2 court registrars, 2 officials of the Congolese national police, the Minister for Justice of South Kivu, the Governor of South Kivu, the Joint Committee on Justice, the Supreme Judicial Council and the Standing Committee on the Reform of Congolese Law (the list is not exhaustive).

For the sake of discretion, PI has removed the names of the persons met from this document.

Authors : Isabelle Fery, under the supervision of Sophie Roudil

August 2012