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Tell Congress: Support Peace and Human Rights Protections in DRC

Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has claimed an estimated five million lives and displaced an additional two million people since the late 1990s. Attacks on civilians, including crimes of sexual violence, have become common features of the conflict. Pervasive impunity for perpetrators of mass atrocities has allowed these human rights violations to continue.

Recently, we have seen significant steps toward holding perpetrators of sexual violence in the DRC accountable for their crimes. In March, rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda turned himself in to the US Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda, and asked to be transferred to the International Criminal Court. Ntaganda faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity – charges that include rape, the use of child soldiers, and murder.

After the US State Department received letters from supporters of Physicians for Human Rights urging Ntaganda’s transfer to the court, the United States did just that. Ntaganda will now stand trial – one significant step in bringing accountability to a region long plagued by the world’s worst crimes.

With your support, PHR can do it again. Tell your Representative you want the US to stand in solidarity with Congolese communities and commit to long-term peace in Congo.

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Hold Human Rights Violators in Congo Accountable: Support H. Res. 131

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a supporter of Physicians for Human Rights, I strongly urge you to cosponsor H. Res. 131: "Concerning the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the need for international efforts toward long-term peace, stability, and observance of human rights."

This bill would commit the United States to pursuing a long-term strategy of promoting peace, justice, and stability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after decades of conflict.

The Congolese people, including survivors of heinous human rights violations, deserve support from the highest levels of the US government to end aid to armed groups, increase support for local justice initiatives, and deter future abuses.

In recent months we have seen significant steps toward holding perpetrators of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo accountable for their crimes. In March, rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda turned himself in to the US Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda, and asked to be transferred to the International Criminal Court. Ntaganda is now in the court's custody and will face trial for charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity charges that include rape, the use of child soldiers, and murder.

Ntaganda's trial is one significant step in bringing accountability to a region long plagued by the world's worst crimes, but the United States should do more to ensure that the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo can enjoy a lasting peace.

Please stand in solidarity with Congolese communities by co-sponsoring H. Res. 131.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]