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.
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
Jeremy Corbyn, MP – Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on the African Great Lakes Region
Mark Durkan, MP – Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, 2001-2
Mike Hancock CBE, MP – Lib Dem Spokesperson for Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 1997 – 2000
Adrian Sanders, MP – Lib Dem Deputy Chief Whip, 2006-10
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 Brennan, of Bibury QC, KCSG, KCMCO