Democratic Republic of Congo – Human rights (28 July 2017)

France is deeply concerned at the deteriorating human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, notably in the Kasai region, as reported once again by the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO).

France reiterates its demand that full light be shed on the serious human rights violations that have been committed so that the perpetrators, regardless of who they are, can be brought to justice.

In this respect, we have taken note of the appointment by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) of three international experts tasked with investigating human rights violations in the Kasai region, in cooperation with the D.R.C. This appointment, pursuant to the resolution adopted in June by the Human Rights Council, is an important step and we call on the Congolese authorities to fully cooperate with these international experts.

France welcomes the adoption on July 26 of the UN Security Council Presidential Statement on the situation in the D.R.C. This statement reaffirms the Security Council’s expectations with respect to the urgent implementation of the political agreement of December 31, 2016, in its entirety, so that, in accordance with the agreement, credible and inclusive elections can be held by December 2017 at the latest. It also signals the Security Council’s expectations with respect to combating impunity, notably with regard to the serious human rights violations committed in the Kasai region.