Independence Fighter and Hero Patrice E. Lumumba, Democratic Republic of Congo
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Foreign Policy, Security, Democracy and stakeholders’ engagement
Where: Room SR-385 in the Russell Senate Office Building
Date and Time: Thursday, October 24 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Metro station: Union Station
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Panel I: Security, Future of the UN Mission in DRC and Ebola Response
Hon. Kabund wa Kabund, 1st Vice President of Parliament (Invited)
Hon. Mamba Kabamba Jean Jacques, Member of Parliament
Hon. Lambert Mende Omalanga, Member of Parliament.
Hon. Yamba Kazadi Gracia, Member of Parliament (Invited)
Panel II: Democracy and Human Rights Promotion
Hon. Lite Asebea André, Minister for Human Rights. (Invited)
Hon. Dieudonnette Boyekombo Mungwananjo, Senator (Invited)
Hon. Jean Gambu Bakomito, Senator (Invited)
Hon. Rolly Zazi Lelo, Senator (Invited)
About 166 armed groups, including some from neighboring countries of Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi currently operate in the former Kivu Province according to Kivu Security Tracker and Human Rights Watch. They kill, rape, kidnap for ransom, collect taxes, kill wildlife in national parks, and disrupt trade. In this environment, the level of human rights violations is atrocious. The response to the Ebola outbreak has been hampered by, among other things, security challenges and the mistrust of NGOs by the affected communities who see these organizations as enriching themselves on the backs of their communities.
For about twenty years the United Nations’ Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) has been active in the DRC. Yet the current situation paints a mission that has exhausted its efforts, with rebel groups still active, leaving the local communities aggrieved at the usefulness and continued presence of MONUSCO. Can the UN facilitate the presence of state authority and state security in the ungoverned spaces in the DRC?
President Felix Tshisekedi has already reached out to neighboring countries to join the fight against armed groups to ensure security in DRC and the region. Is this the needed alternative to UN peacekeeping mission? What is the role of the DRC army?
Event Organizer: Africa Faith & Justice Network (AFJN)