Vava Tampa and Mark Durkan, MP

Rt. Hon. William Hague, MP

Secretary of State for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Foreign & Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street

Wednesday, June 29th, 2014

Dear Mr Hague,

International Criminal Tribunal for Congo

Ten years ago this June, 16 000 Congolese women were raped in a single weekend when Laurent Nkunda and his RCD-Goma militia (which became CNDP in 2006 and rebranded itself as M23 in 2012) captured Bukavu, the capital of Congo’s South Kivu province.

Those who ordered or abetted this crime that dreadful weekend, like those responsible for the many crimes of international concern committed in Congo – Minova, where 200 women were raped in a single night in late November 2012 but only two low ranking soldiers were convicted of rape, being the most recent example – remain at large, and, in some cases, holding senior positions in the government or military.

As the world begin to take actions against sexual violence in conflict, a crusade you have led – and which have applauded and supported, we, the undersigned, join our voices with that of Save the Congo! to appeal to you to make the creation of an International Criminal Tribunal for Congo a central British priority at the EU, UN Security Council and the Commonwealth.

This is the only reasonable step to end Kinshasa’s culture of near total impunity, the glue that binds together the criminal network behind the seemingly never–ending killing, raping, looting and uprooting that have claimed over 6 million Congolese lives, and continue to leave thousand more killed and raped every day.

Yours sincerely,

Vava Tampa – Founder, Save the Congo!

Kambale Musavuli – Spokesperson, Friends of the Congo

Sir Andrew Stunell OBE, MP – Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government, 2010 – 2012

Pauline Latham OBE, MP – Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on the African Great Lakes Region

Alex Cunningham, MP

Jeremy Corbyn, MP – Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on the African Great Lakes Region

John Hemming, MP

Mark Durkan, MP – Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, 2001-2

Katy Clark, MP

Mike Hancock CBE, MP – Lib Dem Spokesperson for Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 1997 – 2000

Ronnie Campbell, MP

Adrian Sanders, MP – Lib Dem Deputy Chief Whip, 2006-10

Lord Hylton

Baroness King, of Bow – Founder, All-Party Parliamentary Group on the African Great Lakes Region

Baroness Cox, Queensbury FRCN – Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, 1986 to 2006

Lord Alton, of Liverpool KCSG, KCMCO – Patron, Save the Congo!

Lord Parekh, of Kingston upon hull

Lord Brennan, of Bibury QC, KCSG, KCMCO

Lord Desai, of St Clement Danes

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