Posted by: africanpressorganization | 18 March 2009

Democratic Republic of Congo / Voluntary repatriation of former Democratic Republic of the Congo-based Rwandan rebels

 


 

Democratic Republic of Congo / Voluntary repatriation of former Democratic Republic of the Congo-based Rwandan rebels

 

KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) March 18, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general

 

On the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative there, Alan Doss, has welcomed progress in the voluntary repatriation of former Democratic Republic of the Congo-based Rwandan rebels and their dependents.  The Rwandan nationals were associated with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).

 

The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) says that more than 1,430 Rwandan rebels and their dependents were sent back home since January.  This brings to more than 5,700 the number of Rwandans (rebels and others) who have left north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo for Rwanda with United Nations assistance in recent months.  The Mission is now working to register and repatriate foreign combatants who are disarming in the wake of a Democratic Republic of the Congo/Uganda joint military campaign against the Lord’s Resistance Army in the area around the town of Dungu.

 

And earlier today in Geneva, the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights presented the High Commissioner’s report on the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  She said that armed groups and Government forces continue to inflict a host of serious human rights abuses on civilians across the country.  And while international focus has been on the conflict in the east, the public’s right to protest and criticize the Government has been diminished in the rest of the country.

 

SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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