Democratic Republic of Congo: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 7th March 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what work they are conducting with international partners in response to calls to freeze all international bank accounts and assets held by the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and his entourage, until steps are taken to implement the Saint Sylvestre Agreement, including the release of political prisoners.

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The British Government is increasingly concerned about the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has repeatedly called on President Kabila to honour both the Constitution and the 31 December agreement. We are appalled by the violence used by the Democratic Republic of Congo forces against peaceful protestors. We have publicly condemned the excessive use of force on both 31 December 2017 and 21 January 2018. Although the British Government does not currently have plans to sanction the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, we will work with regional and international partners to continue to press the DRC authorities to adhere to their electoral commitment, to open up political space, and to allow for peaceful assembly.

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