Pinochet Effect

The Pinochet Effect refers to the example set by the arrest of and extradition proceedings against Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet, a precedent which puts pressure on other perpetrators of serious human rights violations. The Pinochet case also inspired survivors of other violent regimes to challenge impunity.

Democratic Republic Congo

Groundbreaking trial in Germany

Armed conflict

The Higher Regional Court in Stuttgart handed down convictions in the trial of two Rwandan leaders of the Hutu militia group FDLR, Ignace Murwanashyaka and Straton Musoni. The FDLR are alleged to have utilized sexualized violence against the Congolese civilian population and to have in numerous cases plundered, killed and inflicted grievous bodily injuries.