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EditorialEditorial11 October 20172min0

The United Nations has decided to withdraw the Democratic Republic of Congo from the blacklist of child soldier recruiting countries within their armed forces. The Minister of Defense, Crispin Atama, has not hidden his emotions following the decision taken by the UN.

According to Atama, this good news follows the efforts made by the country through the elements of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in collaboration with UNICEF, to end the recruitment of minors in the army.

Meanwhile, at the Ministry of Defense, a commission has been set up to evaluate the criteria proposed by the United Nations to also help the DRC out of the black list of countries that excel in sexual violence.

This joint commission is composed of the members of the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Justice, Human Rights, FARDC, the Police and other security services.

“The perpetrators of sexual violence must be prosecuted. Instructions have been given so that each Unit Commander now feels responsible in the event of a blundering of the Gender denounced as sexual violence by signing a pledge,” said Crispin Atama.

 

The elements of the Congolese army deserve a reward for the efforts made in the fight against sexual abuse.

“The United Nations has gratified us. We believe that we are cleaned up and are now able to represent the DRC in peacekeeping units around the world,” concluded the Congolese Defense Minister.


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EditorialEditorial27 September 20172min0

The annual report of the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday 26 September in Geneva on the situation of human rights in the DRC calls into question the Congolese security forces and the order-givers, i.e. the political authorities who were “guilty of the waves of murderous repression carried out in the country”.

87 mass graves have been identified in the Kasai, demonstrating the action of the Congolese forces with a use judged “disproportionate” which, according to the OHCHR, led to “one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world”: 5,000 dead and 1.6 million displaced and refugees in one year. But “Little has been done to carry out credible, impartial and independent investigations on the serious human rights violations committed by the Congolese defense and security forces,” regrets the Council.

The violence in North and South Kivu and Tanganyika in the region are also on the list of indicators that underpin the Council’s argument that the Congolese authorities nurture political instability in DRC.

According to the Council, despite the political agreement signed on 31 December 2016, a systematic repression of political opponents, Human Rights defenders and journalists, and the prolonged detention of political prisoners, the number of whom has tripled. The report notes a “lack of political will”, reflected in the postponement of the electoral calendar.


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EditorialEditorial21 June 20172min0

The Congolese government reiterated its willingness to continue its collaboration with the United Nations on the investigation on the violence in the provinces of Kasai and Kasai-central. The Congolese Minister of Rights, Marie-Ange Mushobekwa, said this at the opening of the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

“The Congolese government agrees to host a team of United Nations investigators in support of the Congolese justice,” said the Minister of Human Rights, adding that “this support will be technical and / or logistic, and the Congolese justice will keep the leadership of these investigations”.

According to Marie-Ange Mushobekwa, following this joint investigation, the Congolese justice will prosecute the alleged perpetrators and will judge them according to the penal code in force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, on the other hand, wants an international investigation to shed light on the violence that has plunged the DRC into mourning, causing the death of more than 3,000 people as per the Catholic Church.

The vote on the need for an international investigation must take place on Thursday 22 June at the UN Human Rights Council.


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EditorialEditorial8 June 20171min0

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has agreed to collaborate with the United Nations for a joint investigation on a series of violence in the Kasai province, where the two UN experts and their Congolese collaborators have died.

According to Congolese Minister of Human Rights Marie-Ange Mushobekwa, the government will take the lead in this investigation, stressing that the Congolese state had nothing to hide in this case.

Kinshasa has thus given its agreement allowing the United Nations, by its experts, to investigate the cases of repeated violence in this part of the DRC and also on the murder,  last March, of two UN experts, namely Zaida Catalan and Michael Sharp.

According to report from Radio Okapi,  Kinshasa’s commitment is a response to the ultimatum issued to the Congolese authorities by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

On Tuesday, June 6, at the opening of the 35th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein gave 48 hours to the Congolese authorities to agree to participate in the investigation, failing which the UN would open an international investigation.


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EditorialEditorial8 June 20172min0

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, on 6 June 2017, has indicated that it will wait for the Democratic Republic of the Congo to undertake investigations into the violence in the Kasai province within two days, brandishing the threat of an international investigation.

“Unless I receive appropriate government responses for a joint investigation by June 8, I will insist on the establishment of an international investigative mechanism for the Kasai,” said High Commissioner Zeid Ra’Ad Al Hussein.

Zeid, who has been calling for the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry on violence in the DRC since the discovery of mass graves in March, so said at the opening of the 35th session of the Human Rights Council In Geneva (from June 6 to 23).

Zeid also deplored the difficulties of access to the DRC and announced the sending, next week, of a team to neighboring countries to meet the people who fled the attacks.

Since September, the Kasai region has been shaken by the rebellion of Kamwina Nsapu, a traditional chief killed in August 2016, after having rebelled against the authorities in Kinshasa.

According to the UN, the violence killed more than 400 people and caused the displacement of 1.3 million people. An opposition MP from the region estimated the death toll at more than 3,000. In the central provinces of the DRC, the UN has counted 40 mass graves.


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La RédactionLa Rédaction24 February 20173min0

The Conduct and Discipline Unit of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (Monusco) reported that fifteen cases of sexual abuse were attributed to the staff of this UN mission in 2016.

According to the coordinator of this structure, Adama Ndao, who gave this information during a seminar in Kinshasa on sexual exploitation, “It is not normal for UN personnel coming here can be involved in such situations. It’s time to say “stop,” before inviting everyone to report cases of sexual abuse and not to wait for the evil to occur.

“Evil happens very often when there is a pregnancy, or when there are diseases, or when a child is born. And this child, very often unfortunately, will never know his father, “she continued. According to her, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has dozens of children born as a result of sexual abuse who do not know their biological fathers. “I appeal to everybody’s commitment: Be it the government, our managers, my colleagues, to be careful and open their eyes and say: ‘No, it has to stop,'” concluded Adama Ndao.

In March 2016, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution, reinforcing measures against sexual abuse committed by Blue Helmets during their missions around the world. This year, the UN Mission totals 15 years in Congolese soil.

A mixed record emerges for those who are supposed to bring peace, tranquility in a country torn by armed conflicts, most of which are caused by national sociopaths, but also by foreigners.

However, in these conflicts, not only did the UN not bring a solution, but it was the cause of several evils that today the Congolese lament, which still do not know how to get rid of this UN pin, given the still fragile political situation. It is therefore difficult to evoke the departure of this force.

And among these evils, caused by the UN, one does not hesitate to cite this other form of war, sexual violence, perpetrated by the UN staff, which nevertheless, by several of its agencies, fights this shameful, humiliating scourge…

Today, since everything has ended in speeches and the MONUSCO still has its two feet on Congolese soil, the Congolese victim yesterday will probably suffer tomorrow the same evils whereas, under other skies, the UN would have already packed up.


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La RédactionLa Rédaction13 February 20172min

In a press release, the representative of the UN Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on behalf of himself and of the United Nations system as a whole, expressed his condolences to the biological family of Etienne Tshisekedi, the Congolese government and the entire Congolese population.

“It is with sadness and consternation that I learned of the death yesterday 1 February 2017 in Brussels, Belgium, of Mr Etienne Tshisekedi, President of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) and President of the Council of Sages of the Rally of the Forces Acquired for Change “, says the head of MONUSCO.

“In this sad and painful circumstance, I express, both on my own behalf and on behalf of the United Nations system in the DRC, my deep and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, the Government of the DRC, and to the entire Congolese people, and I applaud his significant contribution in promoting democracy in the DRC,” he said.

Mom Sidikou, through this statement, call the politicians for calm and restraint in order to complete the ongoing negotiations around the bishops of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), which should lead the DRC to peaceful and credible elections.

“Stressing the historic turning point in which the Congolese political actors are engaged, I urge all political actors to honor his memory by a resolute commitment to the full implementation of the political agreement signed on 31 December 2016 under the mediation of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO).

I also call for calm and restraint on the part of all political actors, in order to continue the negotiations and lead to the organization of credible, transparent and peaceful elections,” he concluded.