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Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Forces

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has taken steps to establish an independent and effective vetting process to exclude individuals suspected of having committed crimes under international law or other human rights violations from its security forces. (246314)

The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has yet to make a serious effort to implement vetting mechanisms called for in UN Security Council resolutions 1856 (2008), 1794 and 1820.

We support ongoing work by the UN integrated Human Rights Office to document abuses by individuals in the armed and security forces, which could usefully inform work on a future vetting mechanism. We have raised the issue with Congolese authorities. Most recently, our ambassador in Kinshasa referred to the importance of vetting in the armed forces in a speech to the Congolese Parliament at the showing of a documentary on sexual violence.