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Twenty years since the launch of landmark UN principles on internally displaced people, designed to protect those forced from their homes yet remaining in their own country, Christian Aid is calling on governments to take action to ensure their rights are recognised.
By Michael Arunga, Programme Communications Advisor, Christian Aid.
One might be forgiven for assuming that any country overflowing with valuable natural resources is also, by definition, overflowing with wealth and prosperity. History, however, has taught us otherwise. This is certainly the case for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Rich in gold, gas, diamonds and other rare minerals, this vast nation is also home to one of the worst – and most under-reported – humanitarian crises of recent times.
Christian Aid today welcomed Pope Francis’ call for more to be done for the massive numbers of people who have been forced to leave their homes due to persecution, violence, natural disasters and the scourge of poverty. But the charity said it was telling that Governments have so far ignored the Pope’s call to include the largest group of people forced to flee –the forgotten 40 million people displaced within their own countries, which make up the majority the 65 million people fleeing their homes.
By Jane Backhurst, Christian Aid’s Senior Advisor for Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy
On World Humanitarian Day, August 19, the global community is being urged to take concrete steps to protect all those caught up in conflict, from civilians and aid workers, to refugees and internally displaced people.
What is resilience?
Christian Aid’s goal is to empower people to live with dignity, able to respond successfully to disasters, risks and opportunities. There are different types of risk, and building resilience supports individuals’ and communities’ capacity to anticipate, organise for and adapt to change.
Christian Aid is continuing to provide relief to Burundians affected by political turmoil, economic pressures and instances of violence triggered by the country’s disputed presidential polls, which are taking place today (21 July).
Weeks of instability in the country have left tens of thousands of people displaced, having fled their homes – particularly within the capital Bujumbura – to neighbouring nations or to other parts of Burundi.
Days before a landmark vote on European conflict minerals regulation, rights groups call on politicians to vote for binding legislation requiring European companies to ensure their mineral purchases do not fund conflict or human rights abuses overseas.
Open Letter to Members of the European Parliament
02 December 2014
Dear Special Envoy,
Following your visit to Goma, DRC, the non-governmental organizations signatory to this letter welcome you to your post, and expresses support of your mission in DRC. As organizations operational in the Kivus, we recognize the challenges in front of you and look forward to working with you and your office towards ensuring effective humanitarian assistance to those in need, whilst addressing key structural and longer-term needs to enable the effective transition from conflict to stability, and to sustainable development.
Following the launch of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) £100m disarmament strategy, which aims to eradicate 54 militias over the next five years with UN support, the largest rebel group has significantly escalated violence against civilians living in the east of the vast central African state.
The United Nations Security Council is currently debating the extension of the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo, which is up for renewal on April 1, 2014. Together with Oxfam, World Vision, and five other non-governmental organizations, the Enough Project published an open letter to the Security Council giving recommendations for MONUSCO on civilian protection, governance, and the peace process.
Below is a portion of the letter:
13 March 2014 - Christian Aid today warned the situation in the southern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) province of Katanga is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis as fighting between government troops and Mai Mai and Bakata Katanga rebels has displaced more than 400,000 people, according to UN officials.
The announcement by the M23 leadership that it is to abandon its rebellion and continue as a political movement will not provide a ‘quick fix’ solution to instability in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) says Christian Aid. Last night the DRC Government and the M23 rebels were expected to sign a peace deal, but the talks in Kampala broke down and have been delayed indefinitely.
Despite intermittent peace talks in neighbouring Uganda, the conflict between the DRC national army (FARDC) and the M23 rebel group continues on the ground in eastern DRC.
In recent weeks, heavy fighting has been reported around Kibati, some 15km north of Goma, and on Tuesday, the UN Peacekeeping Operation in the DRC (MONUSCO) introduced a security zone around Goma to protect the populated area.
Any individual who is not a member of the national security forces and carries a firearm in the zone will be disarmed by UN forces as an imminent threat to civilians.
Groups say agreement is not enough and outline concrete steps that need to be taken
Reiterate call for UN, US and EU to appoint Special Envoys and greater regional involvement
Goma/Kinshasa/ Rome/ Washington DC, 24 February 2013 – A group of prominent Congolese and international NGOs today called on countries in the Great Lakes region, along with their international partners, to ensure that the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework Agreement signed in Addis Ababa is given the political backing necessary to bring an end to war in the eastern Congo.
Les groupes considèrent que l'accord n'est pas suffisant et proposent des mesures concrètes à prendre
Ils réitèrent leur demande à l'ONU, aux États-Unis et à l'UE de nommer des Envoyés spéciaux et d'accroître l'implication régionale
Depuis plusieurs années la communauté internationale a essaye de stabiliser l'Est de la RDC, a un cout des milliards de dollars, mais cette paix durable continue de faire défaut. Les élections présidentielles et législatives de novembre 2011 étaient perçues comme étant peu crédibles et en ce qui concerne les élections provinciales et locales, elles ont été reportées indéfiniment. Peu de progrès ont été constatés quant aux réformes cruciales dans les secteurs de la justice, la sécurité, les affaires foncières et de la gouvernance.
Goma, 14 February 2012 – For years the international community has attempted to help stabilise eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), at the expense of billions of US dollars, yet sustainable peace remains elusive. Elections in November 2011 were widely seen as lacking credibility(1) and provincial and local elections have been delayed indefinitely.
History is repeating itself in the Democratic Republic of Congo with armed conflict once again exploding in the fragile eastern part of the country. Fighting between government forces, dissident groups and the notorious M23 militia ignited again this April and has continued ever since, causing 470,000 people to flee and creating a security vacuum in many other parts of the volatile Kivus region.
Renewed military action against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) risks triggering further devastation for local people in DR of Congo, Central African Republic, and South Sudan unless more is done to protect civilians and prevent retaliations by one of Africa’s most brutal rebel groups, ten local organisations and international agencies said today.
Christian Aid is deeply concerned by brutal attacks on civilians by Congolese security forces in the wake of November 28 presidential elections, and incumbent President Kabila’s recent declaration of victory at the polls for a second five-year term. ‘As part of an international election observation mission, Christian Aid observers witnessed acts of violence during the elections, which were flawed by numerous irregularities,’ says Christian Aid’s DRC country manager, Jacques Miaglia.