Opening Statements

"It is about hearing the voices of those who are never heard."

Presided over by a half-Congolese and half-international panel of experts and two human rights lawyers, the central lines of the conflict were discussed in Bukavu on the basis of hearings with victims, witnesses, militias, politicians, UN- and NGO-members, commodity traders and human rights activists.

The massacre in the village Mutarule and the violent expropriation and forced resettlement of the artisanal miners in Twangziga and Bisie is painting a vivid picture of the recent history, the bloody present and future of the conflict.

During the course of the hearings in eastern Congo, the situation is illuminated on location with concrete cases that have never been brought to trail. The second part, conducted in Berlin, broadens the perspective and places an accent on the involvement of the EU, the World Bank, the international community and multinational companies. Analyzed by leading philosophers, economists, political scientists, jurists and sociologists of our time.


"The Congo Tribunal is at the service of the Congolese people, one of the richest nations in human history."

Milo Rau (artistic director) is an author and artistic director of the International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM) and initiator of the "Congo Tribunal".


"Even though cruel crimes happen every day, the conscience of the world community remains untouched."

Sylvestre Bisimwa (investigator-in-charge, Bukavu / Berlin) was a lawyer in a mass rape trial committed by the Congolese army in the city of Minova. It is, at present, the only process of this kind. He acts regularly as lawyer for the International Court of Justice in Den Haag.


"Why is it surprising that state structures are disintegrating when corruption has become a national institution?"

Colette Braeckman (member of the jury, Bukavu / Berlin) is a correspondent for the Belgian newspaper Le Soir in Africa. She is an expert on the Congolese war, its history and the involvement of the European governments. Her books about the Mobutu-Era and the Congolese war are considered as standard works.