International Conference on the Great Lakes Region member experts met in Kinshasa/DRC Grand Hotel on 28 July, 2012 for a follow up on the ICGLR Heads of State and Government Kampala Declaration on SGBV and its Work Plan, in particular the implementation of Decisions on domestication, strengthening special courts and adopting zero tolerance on SGBV crimes and impunity.
Vice Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo opened the summit and welcomed the guests for this special issue and how to address it.
The participants emphasized on accelerating the domestication process of the ICGLR Protocol on Non-aggression and Mutual Defense, the Protocol on Prevention and Suppression of Sexual Violence against Women and Children as well as the Protocol on Judicial Cooperation in order to eradicate existing armed groups, combat Sexual and Gender Based Violence and cooperate in matters of extradition, judicial investigation and prosecution of perpetrators.
The Ministers of Justice from the ICGLR Member States commit to coordinate with their respective Chief Justices, where necessary, to establish and strengthen Special Courts to handle SGBV cases and provide progress reports to the Conference Secretariat by December 2012 and and to simultaneously launch the “Zero Tolerance Now” campaign in every ICGLR Member State on 25th November 2012, coinciding with the 16 days of activism.
The Government of Rwanda was represented by Mrs Julienne MUNYANEZA (Permanent Secretary/MIGEPROF), Mr. Isaïe BAGABO (ICGLR National Coordinator/MINAFFET), Mr. GATERA RUKE Raymond (Principal State Attorney/MINIJUST), Dr Diogène BIDERI (Principal Legal Adviser/CNLG and the President of the ICGLR Regional Committee on Genocide Prevention).