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Democratic Republic of Congo: Human Rights

Volume 688: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What representations they have made to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo about the detention without charge of civil rights lawyer Marie-Thérèse Nlandu and six of her associates; and whether they will take action to ensure that the detainees are not tried in a military court and have access to adequate legal representation.[HL918]

Our ambassador in Kinshasa has spoken to the Interior Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo and advisers to President Kabila on several occasions regarding the detention of Marie-Thérèse Nlandu. We and European partners raised our concerns that Mme Nlandu's human rights, particularly her access to legal representation, were not being respected.

Mme Nlandu has since been granted access to a lawyer, has now been charged with several offences and is due to stand trial. We have asked that her case be dealt with quickly and fairly and in accordance with due process. We will continue to monitor her situation and treatment.