UN: Gross Human Rights Abuses Committed In Congo Polls


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Museveni was addressing leaders from Kigezi Sub-Region Monday during the ongoing Zonal Conference on Poverty Eradication and Enterprise Selection at State House, Entebbe. The 3-week programme kicked off earlier this month.

Museveni said that while Uganda’s economy has been steadily growing since 1986 when the NRM government took power, there is still a big challenge facing the people as 68% of the homesteads in country, in accordance with the 2002 national census, are still engaged in subsistence production something he said should be addressed urgently.

He criticized the leaders for failing to educate and sensitize the people they lead on the necessary steps and actions to take in order to fight household poverty and increase household income.

“I think it is criminal to conserve peasants for the 2012. If you know that in a modern economy to have money is necessary, how can you not educate your people on how to have money?” he wondered.

The President, therefore, urged the leaders to help and teach the masses on what should be done to fit in the modern money economy world adding that this will help the leaders themselves because they are themselves end up being internally displaced for fear of going back in their villages where they meet a lot of demands from the local people on account of poverty-related problems.

Museveni emphasized that the masses should be guided on enterprises’ selection that command big international markets so that farmers are able to benefit from their production activities.

The President also expressed his disquiet over land fragmentation activities and stressed the need to have a planned way of settlement.

He said that the practice of land fragmentation must stop forthwith in order to ensure that land is not further rendered uneconomic.

Museveni urged the middle class to come out and help in the nurturing and development of the culture of saving to ensure that they can ably support what the government is doing to boost social development.

He also called for guidance of the youth to ensure their appreciation of the value of production to create wealth.

The Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Hon. Tress Buchanayandi reported that the Ministry is determined to fight and banish household poverty in order to cause socio-economic transformation.

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The human rights violations, which occured between 26 November and 25 December, included the wounding of 83 others, most of them by bullets.

In addition, 16 people remain unaccounted for and 265 people were arrested, many of them saying they were arbitrarily detained and tortured while in confinement.

The 28 November election was only the country’s second multi-party vote since independence from Belgium in 1960.

The report, which is based on investigations conducted by the UN Joint Human Rights Office in the DRC, found that most of the reported violations involved republican guards, national Congolese police or the national intelligence agency. Soldiers of the Congolese armed forces (FARDC) were also involved to a lesser extent.

“We have heard multiple accounts of Republican Guards shooting live ammunition into crowds and of the torture of arbitrarily detained individuals,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

“The authorities must ensure that such grave violations of human rights are investigated, perpetrators brought to justice and that those who remain illegally detained are released without delay.”

The investigation also found that many of the victims of violations were targeted because of their affiliation to the political opposition party of Etienne Tshisekedi, the main opponent of President Joseph Kabila in the presidential elections.

The UN Joint Human Rights Office noted that despite initial difficulties accessing detention facilities, victims and witnesses, the Government showed engagement by opening a judicial investigation in December.

The head of the peacekeeping mission in the country (MONUSCO), Roger Meece, expressed appreciation for the Government’s commitment to pursue a judicial investigation and fight impunity to prevent the recurrence of such violations.

“MONUSCO looks forward to the outcome of the judicial investigation and stands ready to continue to assist and support the DRC justice authorities to identify and bring perpetrators to justice,” Mr. Meece said.

“Recent prosecutions and trials undertaken with MONUSCO’s support throughout the country have led to the arrest of a significant number of perpetrators of human rights violations. I welcome these recent developments and the positive cooperation between MONUSCO and the DRC military and civilian justice authorities.”


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