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Cablegate: Un Independent Human Rights Expert Visits Drc

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SUBJECT: UN independent human rights expert visits DRC


1. The UN Human Rights Council's Independent Expert on Human Rights
in the DRC, Titinga Frederic Pacere, called for an end to insecurity
and impunity at a press briefing following his March 12-14 visit to
Kinshasa. He highlighted the lack of judicial capacity and the
continuing violation of human rights, including sexual violence,
especially in eastern DRC. He also called for the creation of an
international court for the DRC to judge and deter human rights
violators.

2. Pacere's visit included meetings with Interior Minister Denis
Kalume, Foreign Affairs Minister Mbusa Nyamwisi, Justice and Human
Rights Minister Mutombo Bukafwa, and the Defense Minister Chikez
Diemu. He also met with SRSG Alan Doss, UN agency chiefs, foreign
diplomats, representatives of human rights advocacy organizations,
and civil society groups working to combat sexual violence. He
expressed concern about the human rights situation in the DRC and
the prevalence of insecurity, especially in the east.

3. Pacere deplored the existence of "lawless" areas without state
authority where there may be no courts within a 300 km radius. He
called for an end to impunity through "any provision to provide
judicial system with decent salaries, equipment and staff".

4. Pacere cited the January 2008 Goma conference on peace, security,
and development as "very important for the country's history,"
calling it "a key to achieve peace in the country." He also
deplored sexual violence against women, especially in South Kivu
where "there were as many as 14,200 cases of rapes registered in the
provincial health center" during 2005-2007. "Only 287 of them were
taken to trial," he noted.

5. Pacere is scheduled to submit an annual report on the DRC human
rights situation to the UN Human Rights Council March 19 and to the
UN General Assembly in October.

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