Democratic Republic of the Congo Visits & Communications

Country Visits

The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 5-15 October 2009. He gave a press statement in Kinshasa at the conclusion of his mission, which is available below in English and French. An accompanying short press release is also available. His mission covered: the radical privatisation of the state; popular justice; killings by the Congolese army and FDLR in North and South Kivu; LRA killings in Province Orientale; political killings in Bas Congo and Kinshasa; deaths in prisons; sexual violence and extrajudicial executions; impunity and the criminal and military justice systems; and the role of MONUC. The UN response to the Special Rapporteur's report, together with media coverage of the mission, are available here.

A previous mandate holder, Special Rapporteur Mr. S. Amos Wako, visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo, then named Zaire, from 18 to 11 May 1991. His report, submitted in April 1992, focused on Events on the campus of the University of Lubumbashi during the period 8-12 May 1990. The country was then visited by Special Rapporteur Ms. Asma Jahangir, from 16 to 22 June 2002. The subsequent report, submitted in November 2002, focused on the events in Kisangani on and around 14 May 2002. Special Rapporteur Philip Alston is currently preparing a report on his 2009 mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2010.