DRC/MONUSCO: One more year to better protect civilians and fight impunity before considering withdrawal from the country

On 19 December 2019, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2502 extending the mandate of MONUSCO by one year in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with the protection of civilians and the strengthening of state institutions as priorities of the new mandate.

In 2019, as every year, FIDH and its member organisations in the DRC, the League of Electors, the Lotus Group and the African Association of Human Rights (ASADHO), conducted several advocacy activities with the United Nations Security Council for the renewal of the MONUSCO mandate, including two advocacy missions to New York and the publication of an analysis report on the renewal of the mandate.

Community reconciliation, strengthening regional cooperation and returning ex-combatants to peaceful civilian life are at the heart of the MONUSCO mandate, as demanded by FIDH and its leagues. In their plea, the latter insisted that measures to ease community tensions and establish the truth be considered, as well as strengthening regional cooperation in the protection of civilians and the fight against impunity for the most serious crimes. FIDH and its leagues also called for a non-military approach in the reintegration of ex-combatants and the protection of civilians.

FIDH and its leagues will continue in 2020 to closely monitor the development of the situation in the DRC and the implementation of Resolution 2502, in particular with regard to the holding of a strategic dialogue with a view to withdrawing from the country and a transfer of tasks.

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