Democratic Republic of the Congo
Practice Relating to Rule 114. Return of the Remains and Personal Effects of the Dead
In 2008, a training manual by the Prosecutor at the Military High Court for magistrates on techniques for investigating sexual crimes, including war crimes, was adopted as part of the Programme on Investigating Sexual Crimes of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. When addressing the issue of mass graves used for the concealment of evidence of human rights violations committed during armed conflicts, the training manual states: “Objectives [of the exhumation of mass graves]
: … to return the remains … to members … [of the victims’] families so the latter can organise their funerals with dignity”.