Peace Direct

Community courts - Congo

To protect the rights of the vulnerable in war torn eastern Congo by establishing a local level system of justice that is open to all

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It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 January 2010 to 12:00 AM, 1 September 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1123241)

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Situation

120,000 people have been displaced by war since 2009 in the district of North Kivu. Many have had their land taken by force. Villagers cannot afford to go to the courts and some take justice into their own hands. Of the 2,000 local cases that did reach the courts last year only 8 have been resolved - lawyers make too much money from keeping the courts open.

Solution

The project will implement a village-level system of justice based on traditional structures, giving local people somewhere to air their grievances – at no cost to them. Three community courts will be set up and a team of voluntary impartial observers will manage the cases. The community courts will span 32 villages. Because they are based on traditional structures and managed by volunteers they will be sustainable for the long term.