Democratic Republic of Congo: Freezing of Assets

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 9th March 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to freeze the UK assets of the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and his close associates, until such time as the Saint Sylvestre Agreement is implemented.

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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 2016 St Sylvestre agreement. We are appalled by the violence used by 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. With our European Union colleagues, the UK has already sanctioned sixteen Democratic Republic of Congo individuals (including some close associates of President Kabila) for serious human rights violations and for obstructing the democratic process. The Government does not currently have plans to sanction the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, alongside regional and international partners, we will continue to press the Democratic Republic of Congo authorities to adhere to their electoral commitment, to open up political space, and to allow for peaceful assembly.

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