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Carrying the voices of victims at all levels


Dear friends,

Each day, relentlessly, we support victims of the worst atrocities and carry their voices before domestic and international institutions. This month’s news illustrate this commitment.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a new trial opened last week. Thanks to mobile court hearings, justice unfolds as close as possible to the affected populations. But the voices of victims are brought to the international level too, including at the United Nations. A historic decision was recently rendered in favor of sexual violence victims in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Another case was brought against Burundi before the Committee against Torture. Finally, we are also active in Switzerland to make sure international crimes such as pillage do not go unpunished.

As usual, we thank you for your support and wish you a pleasant read,

The TRIAL International team




Historic decision in favor of victims

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women rendered a landmark decision, concluding that “gender-based violence against women is a form of discrimination and torture”

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The Hamakombo case in front of judges

Three years of crimes, over 30 victims, two defendants: the trial of two Raya Mutomboki Hamakombo militiamen opened on 28 September 2020 in South Kivu.

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Political opponent tortured and held for ransom

Under the rule of former president Pierre Nkurunziza, torture was, sadly, a common way to stifle dissent. Emmanuel experienced this first-hand...

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Corporate responsibility

Pillage, an international crime with catastrophic impact

When an armed group illegally appropriates resources in order to finance a conflict, it may be committing pillage – a war crime that victimizes thousands of people every day.

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