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[UPR] FIACAT and ACAT DRC’s concerns

September 2013

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Democratic Republic of Congo will be reviewed for the second time, during the 19th session of the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review to be held in Geneva in May / June 2014.

On this occasion, FIACAT and ACAT DRC submitted to the UN Council of Human Rights a joint report.

The reassessment will be an opportunity to assess the implementation of recommendations accepted by DRC during its review and prior to the evolution of the situation of human rights in the country.


Systematic human rights violations, acts of torture - including rape and sexual abuse - and other ill-treatment persist in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with almost total impunity. Human rights defenders continue to work in an extremely hostile context, often risking their own lives.

In order to end this cycle of impunity and violence in the DRC concrete measures must be taken to bring the perpetrators of human rights violations to justice and to offer reparation to their victims. The publication of the investigation and assessment report on gross human rights violations perpetrated in the DRC between March 1993 and June 2003, and the preceding recommendations concerning the justice system should not go unheeded.

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