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DR Congo (Central Africa): CODHO supports the proposal of an international commission of inquiry into alleged crimes against civilians in and around Kasai-Central

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PRESS RELEASE No. 20170622 / CODHO France

  1. Paris (France), 22 June 2017. The Committee of Observers for Human Rights France (CODHO France) is concerned about the situation of current insecurity and serious alleged State crimes committed against Civilians in and around Kasai-central province since July 2016.

  2. At a time when debates are taking place at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, in particular on the decision to be taken in relation to the exacerbation of insecurity and the impunity of serious crimes against humanity, CODHO supports the establishment of an international commission of inquiry for more competence, impartiality and neutrality, as well as the protection of civilians in the Kasai-central province and its surroundings since July 2016, objectivity.

  3. CODHO urges members of the international community, including the Human Rights Council and the United Nations Security Council, to act promptly and effectively towards an appropriate response to the continuing horror of civilians Of the Kasai-central in Congo (DRC) by the Congolese defense and security forces (DRC): death threats and arrest of journalists and human rights defenders in the region, targeted killings And acts of torture in this period of conflict, displaced populations, refugees, etc.

  4. On the other hand, CODHO takes issue with any decision other than the establishment of an International Commission of Inquiry on the part of the international community in relation to the present situation in the Congolese Kasai-central and its surroundings. CODHO believes that only an international commission of inquiry is a response to this crisis, without displeasing the African and regional leaders of Africa opposed to this proposal by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. It is clear that deciding otherwise is to reinforce the present positions of the alleged perpetrators of these crimes of alleged states and to increase the impact of such violence in the flesh of surviving civilian victims.

  5. Contacted this morning for his position on, N'Sii Luanda (Lawyer), President of CODHO France, said: "I urge the members of the international community meeting within the framework of the Human Rights Council, (Geneva, Switzerland) to adopt the idea of ​​setting up an International Commission of Inquiry for the Congolese province of the Central Kasai and its surroundings. Public opinion must know that the contrary position of African leaders in connection with this idea of ​​an International Commission of Inquiry seems to be a mutual protection between African leaders against the bruised civilian populations. Members of the international community have a moral obligation to ruthlessly punish these state crimes of Central Kasai in Congo (DRC), as in 1945, in the face of violence of this nature. This is an opportunity for the UN Human Rights Council to take appropriate action that will serve as a benchmark for all leaders of UN and non-UN member states, including African ones who indulge in massacring with impunity Their civilian populations, and who refuse to report to their respective peoples, and to the international community. It is no secret that most of the armed groups in the east of the country (in Congo, DRC) are fed by the national authorities to justify continuously since 2003 the withdrawal of funds allegedly destined for military operations, Zones of non-rights against populations naturally hostile to the current power, and thus find a pretext for the thesis of impossibility of organizing the elections in certain provinces. The heavily armed Bana - Mura militia, which is currently operational in the Congolese province of Kasaï - central and its surroundings since August 2016, and which sows terror and desolation against civilians allegedly opposed to the authorities, A repression by the Congolese authorities. In addition, several political opponents and civil society actors are forced into exile, and others in prison, in addition to those who have been murdered in various circumstances by the Congolese defense and security forces (DRC). In the end, the current Congolese authorities did not organize the constitutional elections for the President of the Republic, the second and last term ended in December 2016, for members of the National Assembly in February 2017, for Senators and members of Provincial Assemblies and provincial governors in 2011. Local and urban elections have never been held since 2006. The Congolese authorities allow themselves to nominate, in the place of the elected representatives, the heads of sectors, mayors and bourgmestres of their respective political families. I strongly urge members of the international community to consider these elements of the current dark picture of the Congo (DRC) as an indication and to make an informed decision within the framework of the United Nations Human Rights Council for a Appropriate response to the horrors of Kasai-central and its surroundings. "