Readers interested in transitional justice and the Democratic Republic of Congo should keep an eye on the work of REJUSCO (Rehabilitation of the Justice System in the DRC), a multi-donor program aimed at restoring the rule of law, promoting accountability for war crimes committed in eastern DRC, and restoring faith in justice among the populace. REJUSCO is in the process of implementing an emergency program for improving accountability for gender and sexual violence in Eastern Congo. This will involve:
►The design & implementation of short-term courses on legal responses to gender and sexual violence, taking into account Congolese and international law;
► Judicial monitoring of ongoing relevant judicial proceedings;
► Participation in activities in local communities and refugee camps to increase awareness about sexual violence as well as available socio-legal and judicial mechanisms to respond to this phenomenon;
► Field research (under the direction of a team composed by an anthropologist and lawyers) on traditional justice responses to gender and sexual violence in local communities; and
► Analysis and commentary of relevant jurisprudence developed by Congolese courts.
REJUSCO is interested in partnering with IntLawGrrls and their readers in these efforts, and offers internships. More information is here.