UN Human Rights Council 41st Session
Item 10 – Enhanced Interactive dialogue on the Democratic Republic of the Congo
9 July 2019
Intervention by ESTONIA
Estonia aligns itself with the EU’s statement. We thank for the presentations today.
Estonia is deeply concerned about the recent killings in Ituri province, in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We regret that the attacks have provoked an exodus towards different towns, as well as to IDP camps (that are now hosting some 78,000 people).
We join the voices urging the authorities to carry out a prompt, thorough, impartial, independent and transparent investigation and to bring the perpetrators and the instigators of these crimes to justice. Urgent action is needed to stop and prevent the massacres and to protect the population in the area.
We have been concerned of the restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly and the reports on widespread repression and serious human rights violations against political opposition leaders and supporters, pro-democracy and human rights activists, journalists, and peaceful protesters last year. We encourage the new president of the DRC to continue reforms to improve the openness of political space and the promotion and protection of human rights
Nevertheless, we would like to welcome the constructive engagement of the authorities of DRC, for example in frames of the UPR sessions and the fact that several progressive steps have been taken, such as the establishment of the National Human Rights Commission.
We would like to urge the Government of the DRC to strengthen the prevention of conflict-related sexual violence and to ensure zero tolerance in this regard. We call on bringing offenders to justice and to ensure that victims are protected and receive adequate reparations.
We also hope that further activities will be undertaken to ensure a life free from violence for all children.