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Interactive dialogue on the Democratic Republic of Congo

In recent months, some human rights progress has been made in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but there is still a lot of work to be done. We have seen a decline in political repression, as most political prisoners and activists detained solely for…
Congolese soldiers stand in a field camp in Paida, near Beni, North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of Congo, on December 7, 2018.
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Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the Democratic Republic of Congo

We have just heard horrifying accounts of atrocities committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region, which the Human Rights Council’s team of experts concluded could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity by both Congolese security…
Security forces pursue peaceful protesters in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, on December 31, 2017. © 2017 John Bompengo
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Item 10 Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Democratic Republic of Congo

In December, violence broke out in Ituri province in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Militias launched deadly attacks on villages, killing scores of civilians, torching thousands of homes, and displacing more than 100,000 people,…
Security forces pursue peaceful protesters in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, on December 31, 2017. © 2017 John Bompengo
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Intervention at UN Security Council Arria Formula Meeting – “The Electoral Process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo”

  Ambassador Haley and members of the Security Council, thank for you inviting me today to speak on behalf of Human Rights Watch. Your Excellency Okitundu and President Nangaa, I’m honored to be with you here today.…
Security forces pursue peaceful protesters in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, on December 31, 2017. © 2017 John Bompengo
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Item 10 Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Democratic Republic of Congo

The human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo remains dire as the country’s political crisis deepens. President Joseph Kabila has used repression, violence, and corruption to delay elections and maintain his hold on power, despite the end…
Peacekeepers serving in the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo (MONUSCO) drive past burning tyres as they patrol during protests against the failed implementation of the New Year’s Eve agreement, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, April 10, 2017.
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This op-ed is co-authored by Jason Stearns, director of the New York University-based Congo Research Group and a former coordinator of the United Nations Group of Experts on Congo. In mid-March, armed men walked Michael J.…
UN investigators have confirmed the existence of at least 42 mass graves in the greater Kasai region since August 2016.
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Interactive Dialogue on DR Congo at 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council

(Geneva) – Large-scale human rights violations have escalated in the Democratic Republic of Congo in recent months. Government security forces have committed brutal political repression against those who opposed President Joseph Kabila’s stay in power…
Delegates arrive for the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, February 27, 2017.
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Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner's report on DR Congo at 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council

Thank you, Mr. President. I am speaking here today to urge this Council to act now to help prevent a further escalation of the political crisis and deteriorating human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. If not checked quickly…
18 people were arrested in Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, during a peaceful demonstration organized by the youth movement Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) on March 15, 2016. They were released without charge on March 19.
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  April 2014 Update: The M23 rebels, following nearly 20 months of attacks on civilians and other widespread war crimes, were defeated by Congolese army and United Nations forces in November 2013. Government soldiers summarily executed several civilians…
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If leaders of the M23 rebels are allowed to reintegrate into the Congolese army, the message will be clear: rape, pillage and murder will go unpunished. On Nov. 19, armed men from a rebel group called the M23 were looking for a prominent civil…
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Despite supporting a brutal rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda is about to take a seat on the U.N. Security Council. Few countries dare challenge the Security Council the way Rwanda does; even fewer get away with it. Yet on…
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To the outside world, the question might sound puzzling: How can the United Nations stop itself from supporting human rights abusers? Sadly, the issue is by no means theoretical. For many years, sometimes unknowingly and sometimes it seems because it…
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Rebel leader Thomas Lubanga may now be in jail, but Rwanda continues to support his co-accused, Bosco Ntaganda

The sentencing on Tuesday of Thomas Lubanga, a rebel leader from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo was a rare victory for Congolese victims of atrocities. There have been few occasions during my 13 years of documenting abuses in Congo by Lubanga and…