UN troubled by events in DRC
Among the organizations worried include the United Nations Security Council, which is bothered by recent arrests and detention of members of the political opposition and of civil society, as well as restrictions of the freedom of opinion and expression, and ongoing delays in electoral preparations.
The Security Council, UN’s most powerful body, urged the government of the DRC as well as all relevant parties to respect human rights and to refrain from violence and provocation.
They acknowledged the ongoing efforts by the Congolese authorities and especially by the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI), with the support of various partners to revise the voters’ register, and they emphasized the need for the Congolese authorities to take all necessary steps to proceed without delay, and called on international partners to provide support.
The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support to United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the DRC, Maman Sidikou.
DRC is beset by tensions in the wake of alleged plans by President Joseph Kabila to postpone elections set for November, and cling to power.
– CAJ News
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