Between July 13 and July 14, the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. State Department, hosted a Symposium in Kinshasa on the Adoption of the Early Warning and Response System by the Congolese State. With opening remarks from the U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d'Affaires, Marion J. Ekpuk; the representative from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Megan Anderson; and the Minister of the Interior, Daniel Aselo Okito, the event marked a significant step in the process of handing over ownership of this vital and important system to the Congolese government.
Through this two-day event, ABA ROLI promoted the effectiveness of community-based conflict resolution mechanisms and reflected on the possibility of its adoption by the Congolese government. The Symposium built on ABA ROLI’s commitment to develop relationships with local stakeholders, including the Congolese Civil Protection Unit (CPU), local authorities, security stakeholders and communities. The participants, including the Minister of the Interior who officially closed the symposium in Kinshasa, pledged their support for this important initiative and discussed follow-up steps that could lead to the establishment of the institutionalized atrocity prevention system throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo.