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HASTY DECISION: UN Human Rights Chief Voices Out Concern Over Congo Government’s Decision to Force Withdrawal of MONUSCO

United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk has expressed concern the decision by the Congolese government force the withdrawal of the MONUSCO forces at a time when insecurities have escalated in eastern DRC.

After two decades in the land, the UN’s peacekeeping mission, MONUSCO, are preparing to start its gradual withdrawal from the DRC as requested by the government.

Speaking after concluding his visit to the DRC, Türk questioned the timing of the disengagement of the MONUSCO at a point when North Kivu is facing security and humanitarian deterioration.

He insisted on the importance of protecting civilians and preparing state troops to maintain order in accordance with international human rights standards.

Türk also emphasized the crucial role of national and international forces in protecting civilians and called for a careful transition to avoid a security vacuum.

He concluded by warning of the impunity and lack of accountability, which he believes are the root causes of the continuing cycle of violence in the region.

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