Democratic Republic of the Congo - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:58 pm on 6th March 2018.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench 2:58 pm, 6th March 2018

My Lords, in a country where 5.4 million people died in the second Congo war, has the Minister seen the United Nations report that agents of the state have murdered more than 1,000 people in the last year, and that the mutilated body of an outspoken critic, Father Florent Tulantshiedi, was found on Friday last, recognised only by his clerical collar? Given that President Kabila is today meeting multinational mining companies to seek increased royalties—in a country where people live on less than 80p a day—is it not time that economic leverage was used to challenge and bring to an end state-sponsored anarchic violence and unspeakable corruption, which lines pockets while children starve and critics are executed?