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Congo, The Democratic Republic of the: Amnesty for Some Acts of War

(May 22, 2009) On May 7, 2009, President Joseph Kabila Kabange of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) signed a law that grants amnesty for certain acts of war and insurrection committed in the country. It had previously been adopted by the Senate and the National Assembly. The legislation covers acts committed between June 2003 and May 2009 in two provinces, North Kivu and South Kivu, and excludes war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. In addition, civil damages, refunds for property lost, and other civil compensation to victims are not affected by the new law. The amnesty applies to all Congolese, whether resident in the country at present or abroad. (Law No. 09/003 of May 7, 2009, JOURNAL OFFICIEL DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE DÉMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO, Special Issue, May 9, 2009, pp. 11-13, available at