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Democratic Republic of Congo: Human Rights

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo on the recent murder of the journalist Serge Maheshe to press for a transparent and credible investigation and eventual trial of the perpetrators. (150312)

Together with European partners in Kinshasa, our ambassador in Kinshasa has publicly condemned Mr. Maheshe's murder. We made it clear to the Congolese Government that the international community was shocked by this incident and demanded that the perpetrators be brought to justice. The trial of Mr. Maheshe's alleged killers is now under way. We continue to monitor its progress.

The Government remain fully committed to the promotion and protection of human rights across the Democratic Republic of Congo. We will continue to press the Congolese authorities on the need to protect the rights of human rights defenders and call for judicial action to be brought against any perpetrators of human rights abuse.