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EU demands an end to 'impunity' and violence in eastern DRC

EU demands an end to 'impunity' and violence in eastern DRC

Democratic Republic Of Congo

<p>Members of the European Union Parliament (<span class="caps">MEP</span>s) on Wednesday demanded for an end to the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and perpetrators to be brought to book.</p> <p>In a <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/20160622IPR33209/Stop-massacres-in-eastern-Congo-and-bring-perpetrators-to-justice-urge-MEPs?utm_campaign=engagor&utm_content=engagor_Mzg4NDU2Mg%3D%3D&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter" target="_blank">resolution</a> voted on Thursday after Wednesday’s debate, the <span class="caps">MEP</span>s called for an end to the conflict which which has escalated violence as dozens of armed groups are actively operating and killing several people. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Stop massacres in eastern Congo and bring perpetrators to justice, urge <span class="caps">MEP</span>s <a href="https://t.co/KZ38dOe36G">https://t.co/KZ38dOe36G</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EPlenary?src=hash">#EPlenary</a> <a href="https://t.co/vbHGqbSJdk">pic.twitter.com/vbHGqbSJdk</a></p>— European Parliament (@Europarl_EN) <a href="https://twitter.com/Europarl_EN/status/745952065206247424">June 23, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>“All parties need to put an end to the violence, lay down their arms, release all children from their ranks and promote dialogue … There can be no impunity for perpetrators,” the resolution declared.</p> <p>They also condemned the “indifference from the international community and the media silence” calling on them to launch investigation into the reported massacres.</p> <p>“The international community should launch as a matter of urgency a thorough, independent and transparent investigation into the massacres and organise an emergency meeting of the Team of International Envoys and Representatives for the Great Lakes region of Africa on elections in the <span class="caps">DRC</span> to progress in this direction,” the resolution added.</p> <p>The United Nations Joint Human Rights Office in the <span class="caps">DRC</span> has said in a statement on Thursday that rate of human rights violations in the country remains alarming.</p> <p>The UN Human Rights office has identified 384 cases of human rights violations in May which is an increase from 366 in April. The eastern region remains the most affected with about 243 abuses.</p> <p>Members of the European Parliament have earlier in June, together with MPs from the African, Caribbean and Pacific (<span class="caps">ACP</span>) countries condemned the political violence in the <span class="caps">DRC</span> and called for a timely election.</p> <p>They stated however that President Kabila’s silence on the end of his two-term mandate as per the Congolese Constitution is “exacerbating political tensions in the country”.</p> <p>The Eastern part of <span class="caps">DRC</span> has been plagued for two decades by chronic instability caused by local and foreign armed groups who have perpetrated ethnic violence while fighting for mineral resources.</p> <p><span class="caps">MEP</span>s urged the EU to uphold mandatory due diligence checks on suppliers of conflict minerals into ambitious legislation to be adopted swiftly and to ensure “coherence between its policies, including in arms trade and raw materials trade”.</p>

All parties need to put an end to the violence, lay down their arms, release all children from their ranks and promote dialogue ... There can be no impunity for perpetrators.

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