Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Democratic Republic of Congo: FARDC officers receive training in justice and international humanitarian law

MONUC held a training session for 27 senior officers of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC), with the instruction programme focusing on military leadership, military justice and international humanitarian law.

According to the MONUC Rule of Law Section, the overall objective of this training was to educate sensitisers, senior and junior staff officers about issues regarding military justice, especially regarding the military justice system’s contributing to establishing a rule of law in the DRC.

The “train the trainer” course is designed to equip those who receive the training with the ability to train other military personnel of the Bas-Congo Military Region.

Discussion areas included: the fundamental principles of military justice and how the military justice is organised and functions; the Congolese penal code, the conduct of pre-trail investigations, the conduct of criminal proceedings, and the means of review; the legal and medical and social consequences of sexual violence; and the principles of international humanitarian law.

The training was organised in collaboration with the DRC Ministry of Defence and with the support of the US Department of Defence’s International Institute for Legal Studies.

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