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Congolese refugees petition int’l community over ‘genocide’

Congolese refugees in the region have petitioned the United Nations Security Council and multiple countries over human rights violations targeted at Tutsi communities in eastern DR Congo, in a letter obtained by APA Thursday in Kigali.In a correspondence addressed to representatives of the United States, the European Union, the African Union, France, Canada, the East

African Community, the United Kingdom, Rwanda, Uganda, and others, the Congolese refugees in the Great Lakes Region said they risk becoming stateless due to violations of their fundamental human rights.

They call upon the international community to step in and stop the “continuation of genocidal murders” against Congolese Tutsi communities at the hands of local militias and the FDLR, which collaborates with the Congolese army. The FDLR is a militia group formed by remnants of the perpetrators of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

In November 2022, the UN special advisor on genocide prevention, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, warned of genocide in eastern DR Congo, especially violence against the Banyamulenge community in South Kivu province.

“We would like to draw your attention to the issue of Tutsi refugees of Congolese nationality settled for more than 25 years in refugee camps across Africa,” reads a copy of the letter.

“We have reasons to believe that the Congolese refugees of Tutsi ethnic run a great risk of statelessness, due to the social injustices through serious violations of their fundamental rights.”

In DR Congo, Tutsi communities continue to be subjected to widespread hate speech, discrimination, hostility, and violence rooted in the genocide ideology revived by the genocidal militia FDLR and embraced by the Congolese leadership and security apparatus. People responsible for these crimes are not held accountable by the Congolese government.

In Rwanda, there are more than 72,000 Congolese refugees who fled different episodes of violence since 1996.


(c) 2023, Journal du Cameroun


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