By: Robert Patrick Fati Gakwerere
The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is not affected by the arms embargo. The head of the United Nations Security Council delegation currently visiting DR Congo gave this clarification, during an audience this Wednesday, 9th November 2022, in Kinshasa, to the President of DR Congo’s Senate, Modeste Bahati Lukwebo.
The head of the UN delegation, Michel-Xavier Biang, further argued that only armed groups operating in DR Congo are affected by this arms embargo measurement, but not the legitimate government of DR Congo. The embargo affects only armed groups operating in DR Congo. Armed groups operating in the country shouldn’t obtain weapons, noted Michel-Xavier Biang.
Ambassador Michel Xavier Biang is a Permanent Representative of Gabon and was the President of the Security Council for the month of October 2022 on the Council’s programme for the month.
During this exchange, the president of DR Congo’s Senate Modeste Bahati Lukwebo insisted on the creation of an international tribunal for the Congo, in order to judge all those involved in the massacres and other human rights atrocities committed on Congolese soil from the 1990s until today, and who continue to commit human rights atrocities in country. The President of the Congolese Senate also discussed with his host the 2003 UN Mapping report, “which is an important tool that can help the United Nations to better punish the perpetrators of these massacres”.
The 2003 UN Mapping report, it is a 550 page report of the Mapping Exercise documenting the most serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed within the territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo between March 1993 and June 2003. The report contains descriptions of 617 human rights atrocities – crimes committed in DR Congo between March 1993 and June 2003.
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