July 2013 – The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez noted the considerable progress of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in ensuring conformity of national law with international standards relating to torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. In 2011, the DRC passed a law which legally defines and criminalizes torture. Since then, at least five soldiers of the Congolese armed forces, five agents of the Congolese National Police, one agent of the national intelligence service and one administrative official have been convicted for practicing or encouraging torture. The SRT called on the DRC government to make sure that every allegation of torture or CIDT is investigated by law enforcement officers and those responsible are held accountable for their acts. Read the article here.