War crimes in Congo-Kinshasha, and a report gathering mold in a NY office drawer

As I speak to you, a report is gathering mold in an office drawer in New York. It was drafted following a professional investigation into war crimes and human rights violations perpetrated in Congo. This investigation explicitly names the victims, the

Denis Mukwege: Founder of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Congo-Kinshasha, where he specializes in the treatment of women who have been raped by armed rebels.

places and the dates, but leaves the perpetrators nameless.

This Mapping Report by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights describes no fewer than 617 war crimes and crimes against humanity and perhaps even crimes of genocide.

What is the world waiting for before taking this into account? There is no lasting peace without justice. Yet, justice is not negotiable.

Let us have the courage to take a critical and impartial look at what has been going on for too long in the Great Lakes Region.

Let us have the courage to reveal the names of the perpetrators of the crimes against humanity to prevent them from continuing to plague the region.

Let us have the courage to recognize our past mistakes.

Let us have the courage to tell the truth, to remember and commemorate.

(Excerpted from the acceptance speech of Nobel Laureate Denis Mukwege, Nobel Peace Prize, in Oslo on December 10, 2018)

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