Democratic Republic of Congo – Situation (December 20, 2016)

While the constitutional term of office of the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo has ended, France is concerned by reports of arrests, as well as violence, in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi.

France calls on the Congolese authorities and security forces to act with due respect for human rights. The perpetrators bear individual responsibility for the crimes and other human rights violations they have committed.

The seriousness of the situation justifies the re-examination by the EU of its relations with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

France reaffirms its support for the efforts of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) to find a solution to this crisis.