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Democratic Republic of Congo: Homicide

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 23rd March 2020.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the role of Democratic Republic of Congo (a) police, (b) army and (c) elected officials in Yumbi province in the recent killings and disenfranchisement of civilians in that province.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK remains deeply concerned by the continued violations of human rights perpetrated by state agents in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), including in Yumbi territory. The UK uses multilateral platforms to urge the Government of DRC to ensure those who violate human rights are held to account, including state agents regardless of their rank or affiliation.

More broadly, the UK continues to support the UN Joint Human Rights Office, which monitors and reports human rights violations in DRC. We also support protection of civilians through contributions to the UN peacekeeping mission (MONUSCO), humanitarian funding and UK Aid conflict programming focused on stabilisation and peacebuilding. During the annual renewal of the MONUSCO mandate, the UK lobbied to ensure protection of civilians remained a central component of the mission.

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