Maman S. Sidikou, the Special Represtative of the Secretary Geral and Head of MONUSCO, expressed his grave concern over the wave of ongoing arrests, some of which are arbitrary, and dettions in the last three days across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Since 16 December, the United Nations has documted 113 arrests in the country, including opposition leaders and sympathizers, civil society activists and human rights defders, media professionals and other individuals.
The majority of these arrests were undertak by the Congolese National Police (PNC), Agce National de Rseignemt (ANR) and the Republican Guard and took place in Goma, Kinshasa and Bukavu. The United Nations has not consisttly be granted the required access to verify the conditions of those arrested.
"I am gravely concerned by the arrests of those who seek to express their political views. I urge the national authorities to strictly adhere to their international human rights obligations, to create a climate of political tolerance and respect at this important juncture in the DRC's history, and to grant full access to United Nations personnel to all dettion cters. I call on the relevant authorities to apply due process for all those who have be detained and to bring an d to politically-motivated dettions." said Maman S. Sidikou.
The Special Represtative wishes to recall his Press Release dated 18 December where he highlighted the necessity for all Congolese, and in particular the law and security agcies, to respect the laws of the Republic, and sure the promotion and protection of human rights, including the freedoms of opinion, expression and peaceful assembly shrined in the Constitution, in an op political space. This is esstial to create a conducive vironmt for the conduct of meaningful dialogue on the way forward in the DRC.