DRC Country Consultation: A Private Discussion with Harriet Solloway, Head of the Rule of Law Section in MONUSCO
On January 5th, Harriet Solloway, Head of the Rule of Law Section for the Mission de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour la Stabilisation en République Démocratique du Congo (MONUSCO), came to the Wilson Center. She led a private discussion with representatives from the US government, private sector and the NGO community on post-electoral developments in the DRC, the relationship of MONUSCO with Kinshasa and its role in the country. Solloway elaborated on the challenge of working with the Kabila government in the wake of the disputed electoral contest, and on her offices work in strengthening the judiciary, and the ability of military courts to prosecute criminal behavior. She mentioned that the Prosecution Support Cells (PSCs) are present during the secret processing of suspected criminals and 3rd party legal experts from the international community provide technical assistance to their Congolese counterparts during the cases that listed in the Rome Statute. Solloway maintained, however, that the continuation of this support is critical to embedding competency in the legal sector.