Democratic Republic of Congo: Violence

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Democratic Republic of Congo on their response to the violent clashes in Yumbi territory in December 2018.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

​We are very concerned about the violence that took place in Yumbi territory, western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in December 2018. A recent report from the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the DRC suggests as many as 890 people were killed; thousands more were displaced. We echo the comments made by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet: we condemn all such violence and the perpetrators of these terrible crimes must be brought to justice as soon as possible. Our Embassy in the DRC has raised our concerns with government authorities in the region and with local UN representatives.

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