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DRC: business involved in human rights abuses

Author: International Commission of Jurists, Published on: 24 May 2012

A new report launched by the ICJ shows that companies involved in human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are rarely held accountable. The report Access to Justice: Human Rights Abuses Involving Corporations – Democratic Republic of the Congo finds that victims of corporate abuses in DRC have very little prospect of reparation because of the many deficiencies of the Congolese judicial system. These include the lack of independence of the judiciary, its inaptitude to deal with cases with sensitive economic stakes (often involving transnational links), inadequate financial resources, and a high level of corruption, which allow rich and powerful litigants to buy or influence judges’ decisions.

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