Democratic Republic of the Congo
Practice Relating to Rule 129. The Act of Displacement
The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Code of Military Justice (1972), as amended in 1980, provides: “The deportation, for whatever reason, of a detained or interned individual, without a prior sentence in accordance with the laws and customs of war having been pronounced, shall be punished.”
The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Military Penal Code (2002) provides:
Crimes against humanity are grave violations of international humanitarian law committed against any civilian population before or during war.
Crimes against humanity are not necessarily linked to the state of war and can be committed not only between persons of different nationality, but even between subjects of the same State.
The grave breaches listed hereafter, affecting, by action or omission, the persons and objects protected by the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 and the Additional Protocols of 8 June 1977, constitute crimes against humanity, repressed according to the provisions of the present Code, without prejudice to more severe penal provisions provided by the ordinary Penal Code:
5. Unlawful deportation, transfer or displacement, unlawful confinement of a civilian person protected by the Conventions or the Additional Protocols;
The offences contained in the preceding article are punished with penal servitude for life.
If those contained in points 1, 2, 5, 6, 10 to 14 of the same article lead to the death or cause grave injury to the physical integrity or health of one or several persons, the perpetrators are liable to the death penalty.
Any of the following acts, perpetrated as part of a widespread or systematic attack knowingly directed against the Republic or the civilian population, equally constitutes a crime against humanity and is punished by death, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war:
4. Deportation or forcible transfer of populations;
In time of war or exceptional circumstances, compulsory work of civilians or deportation, for whatever reason, of a detained or interned individual, without a regular sentence in accordance with the laws and customs of war having been definitively pronounced, shall be punished with fifteen to twenty years of penal servitude.
If these acts were accompanied by ill-treatment, torture or followed by another breach, the perpetrator shall be punished by death.