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Eastern Congo: Human Rights

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of proposals for the appointment of a UN High Level special adviser on human rights for Eastern Congo; and what reports he has received on progress towards establishment of the post. (209412)

The Government are fully supportive of proposals for the appointment of a special adviser on human rights for Eastern Congo to monitor commitments made under Article 3 of the Goma Agreement. Officials are taking this forward with their international partners and with the Congolese. We believe that any such position or mechanism should be part of the Congolese Government’s post-Goma machinery, the “Amani programme”, and are working with Congolese officials to take this forward.