The importance of elections is highlighted for the future of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

7 October 2015

The Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Martin Kobler, highlighted in the Security Council today the importance of bringing the process for next year’s elections to a successful conclusion and urged the government to ensure that they will be transparent and inclusive.

“Holding a credible, peaceful and non-delayed election in November 2016 would send a clear message to the world that the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a nation that respects its constitution, is interested in a peaceful transition of power and that it will consolidate the peace, ”Kobler noted.

He explained that there are tensions at the political level and there are human rights violations related to the electoral process.

He recalled that the Human Rights Council has expressed concern after learning that there have been more than 2,200 violations of basic guarantees this year, affecting about 5,400 people. Half of these abuses have been attributed to state agents.

He also mentioned some signs of progress, such as those observed in the city of Goma, and in the eastern part of the country, where refugees are gradually returning to their homes.

The Representative of the Secretary General also emphasized the need to reintegrate former combatants and to increase the resources of the national Armed Forces and the police, to extend their operations on the ground.

Martin Kobler highlighted in the Council that the only effective solution to face security problems in the country is a joint action by the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and the security forces of that country.

Regarding MONUSCO’s gradual departure from the country, he pointed out that this will require more talks between the United Nations and the government and also the participation of the international community, and the situation throughout the country should be taken into account.

7 October 2015

The Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Martin Kobler, highlighted in the Security Council today the importance of bringing the process for next year’s elections to a successful conclusion and urged the government to ensure that they will be transparent and inclusive.

“Holding a credible, peaceful and non-delayed election in November 2016 would send a clear message to the world that the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a nation that respects its constitution, is interested in a peaceful transition of power and that it will consolidate the peace, ”Kobler noted.

He explained that there are tensions at the political level and there are human rights violations related to the electoral process.

He recalled that the Human Rights Council has expressed concern after learning that there have been more than 2,200 violations of basic guarantees this year, affecting about 5,400 people. Half of these abuses have been attributed to state agents.

He also mentioned some signs of progress, such as those observed in the city of Goma, and in the eastern part of the country, where refugees are gradually returning to their homes.

The Representative of the Secretary General also emphasized the need to reintegrate former combatants and to increase the resources of the national Armed Forces and the police, to extend their operations on the ground.

Martin Kobler highlighted in the Council that the only effective solution to face security problems in the country is a joint action by the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and the security forces of that country.

Regarding MONUSCO’s gradual departure from the country, he pointed out that this will require more talks between the United Nations and the government and also the participation of the international community, and the situation throughout the country should be taken into account.