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Democratic Republic of Congo: Human Rights

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on alleged abuses by the government of Democratic Republic of Congo of the human rights of members of opposition parties; and if he will make a statement. (241343)

[holding answer 8 December 2008]: Human Rights Watch published a report on 25 November 2008 called “‘We Will Crush You”, The Restriction of Political Space in the Democratic Republic of Congo’. It accuses Kabila's government of using “brutal and repressive tactics to stifle opponents” since the first round of presidential elections in July-August 2006.

We remain concerned about allegations of human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo and we continue to raise these issues with the authorities. We are working with European partners to monitor the treatment of leading detainees and the conduct of proceedings against them, share information on cases and make representations where appropriate.