UN praises DR Congo co-operation

2010-09-24 19:35

kalahari.com

Geneva - A UN human rights team compiling a report on massacres in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1993-2003 has had "very good co-operation" from the country's government, a spokesperson said on Friday.

"On that mapping report we have had very good cooperation from the Congolese government, from the beginning," Rupert Colville, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told journalists.

A draft of the report obtained by AFP maps out massacres, rapes and looting it says were committed by armed groups in eastern DR Congo.

More controversially, it identifies several countries, in particular Rwanda, as having been involved in the violence especially during the 1996-1997 and 1998-2002 wars in DR Congo.

The final version of the mapping report is due out on October 1, after being delayed because of the controversy created by early reports of its contents.

Colville's remarks came a day after campaigners in DR Congo urged President Joseph Kabila not to sign up to a joint reaction with other Great Lakes countries that might repudiate parts of the report.

Years of impunity


Eighty-two rights groups and civic organisations on Thursday urged President Laurent Kabila to "do everything to prevent the DRC signing a declaration that would undermine elements of the content and the conclusion of the report."

They said in a statement that the DR Congo authorities should "consider the report as an incontestable basis to ask the international community to set up an international judicial mechanism, like the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda".

Colville told journalists that the mapping report was aimed at tackling years of impunity.

"It really gets into that issue, it is very much about grappling with this chronic problem of impunity and lack of justice in DRC," he explained.

"The vast, vast majority of victims are not seeing anything really: justice, compensation, treatment, whatever."

Also on Friday, the UN rights chief's office detailed the results of a separate probe into the rape of at least 303 civilians in the eastern area of Walikale over four days in July and August this year.

'Massive problem'

The "scale and viciousness" of the mass rapes by local Mai-Mai, Rwandan Hutu rebels and a group connected to an army deserter "defy belief", said Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

She described rape as "a perennial and massive problem for the past 15 years" in eastern DR Congo, warning that impunity helped breed more violence.

Burundi said Wednesday it had demanded that UN chief Ban Ki-moon remove its previous army and an ex-rebel group from the 1993-2003 mapping report, calling the charges of crimes in the DR Congo baseless.

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame has dismissed as "absurd" claims in the leaked draft that Rwandan troops committed genocide-style massacres in DR Congo in 1996-97.
Read more on:    un  |  navi pillay  |  ban ki-moon  |  drc  |  central africa
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic & Train Alerts
Traffic
Montague Gardens 18:07 PM
Road name: Montague Drive

ROADWORKS - lane closures both directions for BRT lane construction - expect delays

Kuils River 18:05 PM
Road name: Polkadraai Road Eastbound

ROADWORKS between the R102 Van Riebeeck Road and the R310 Baden Powell Drive exit - expect delays

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is the end of the month and there may be a strong focus on organising finances. You may have found a need to reconstruct or...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.