Democratic Republic of the Congo

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 17th October 2006.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Labour, West Ham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the (a) human rights situation, (b) security situation and (c) likelihood of a peaceful presidential election later in 2006 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Photo of Ian McCartney Ian McCartney Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Department of Trade and Industry, Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The human rights situation across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains poor. Civilians, particularly in eastern DRC, continue to suffer abuses committed by members of the Congolese armed forces and militia groups. Harassment of civilians for political reasons has recently increased. The security situation in the DRC remains fragile, especially in the east, north east and Kinshasa.

We expect the second round of elections to be tense and the probability of violence can not be excluded. This is why we have deployed an EU force to support the UN mission during the entire election period.

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