By: Robert Patrick Fati Gakwerere
President Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi asked the UN Security Council on Wednesday September 20 to sanction those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity as well as serious violations of human rights in the DRC. He made the request in his speech at the 78th UN General Assembly.
“The DRC reiterates its request to the UN Security Council to sanction any natural or legal person recognized as author, co-author and material and intellectual accomplice of war crimes and crimes against humanity as well as serious violations of human rights committed on Congolese territory,” noted President Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi.
President Felix Tshisekedi further reiterated that, “it is unfair and unacceptable that people cited as responsible for serious crimes in various reports of UN experts on the security situation in the DRC remain unpunished, and this total silence is done by the UN and its members who place the fight against impunity among their governance priorities.”
The Congolese Head of State welcomed sanctions imposed by the United States on Rwanda for its support of the M23 and one of its senior officials “involved in Rwanda Defence Force adventure in the DRC”.
He recalled that M23 continues to massacre civilian populations and still refuses to peace process of disarmament and cantonment passed by regional leaders.
“The M23 demands a dialogue which will never be granted to them,” insisted President Tshisekedi.
President Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi recalled that maintaining peace constitutes the foundation and primary objective that was behind the creation of the United Nations. He denounced the policy of double standards in certain crises plaguing Africa.
UN urged to play important role in elections
President Tshisekedi talk touched on the coming general elections in DR Congo and arrangements being made to ensure transparency, inclusiveness, equal opportunities and credibility for the upcoming general election.
“The UN is invited to play an important role through its specialized institutions ,” said Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi.