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U.S. Statement at the Interactive Dialogue on the Democratic Republic of Congo
March 22, 2021

Statement at the Interactive Dialogue on the Democratic Republic of Congo

Item 10: Interactive Dialogue on the DRC
Statement of the United States
at the 46th Session of the Human Rights Council

As Delivered by Charles Trumbull

Thank you Madam Vice President:

We remain concerned by reports of increasing violence in the DRC committed by both State and non-State actors. We urge the government to hold to account all individuals responsible for human rights abuses.

The United States conveys its deepest condolences for the tragic loss of Ambassador Attanasio, police officer Mr. Iacovacci, and their driver, Mr. Milambo, recently killed during a violent ambush on their convoy. We are encouraged by the DRC government’s commitment to investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.

We call on the government to combat impunity through expedited operationalization of transitional justice processes and the investigation and, where warranted, prosecution of all reported abuses.

We also express deep concern regarding reports of excessive force against demonstrators and attacks on journalists and civil society members. We encourage the government to strengthen national mechanisms to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of all.

Question: How can the DRC government best initiate processes to disarm, demobilize, and reintegrate combatants and expedite transitional justice for victims?