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South Kivu:

 

Conviction of Lieutenant-Colonel Bedi Engangela alias « Colonel 106 » is a strong message to perpetrators of human rights abuses, says MONUSCO

 

Kinshasa, 16 December 2014 - MONUSCO welcomes the conviction and sentencing to life imprisonment of Lieutenant-Colonel Bedi Engangela (aka “Colonel 106”) on 15 December 2014 by the South Kivu Military Court, for crimes against humanity including rape, sexual slavery, and murder, committed in South Kivu between 2005 and 2007.

 

“I applaud the Congolese authorities for their efforts in bringing Lt. Colonel Engangela to justice, and for sending a strong message to perpetrators of grave violations of human rights that their crimes will not go unpunished” declared Mr Abdoul Aziz Thioye, the acting Director of the UN Joint Human Rights Office in the DRC.

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International Human Rights Day:



Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO and Abdoul Aziz Thioye, Director ad interim of the United Nations Human Rights Joint Office pay tribute to human rights activists

 

Kinshasa, 10 December 2014 – “Human rights activists are the guarantors of freedom and equality. Those heroes who work behind the scenes are a mark of vitality for democracy in a rapidly developing society such as the DRC. They deserve to be protected, encouraged and to receive the necessary support to make the rule of law effective” said Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in the DRC, on the occasion of the 66th anniversary of the Universal Human Rights Declaration commemorated this year under the theme: “Human Rights, 365 days”

“Human rights day is an opportunity to call for the end of intolerance, adherence to the ideals of universalism as embodied in the Universal Human Rights Declaration and to encourage governments all over the world to prioritize dialogue and consultations,” said Abdoul Aziz Thioye, Director ad interim of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office.

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World Aids Day:

Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, and Mamadou Sakho, UNAIDS Country Director for the DRC, appeal for “zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths”

 

Kinshasa, 1st December 2014 - “World Aids Day reminds us of the importance of the struggle against this pandemic, and the role we all must play. We must do our utmost to protect patients with AIDS and prevent new infections,” Martin Kobler said. 

 

The objectives of UNAIDS in the world and the DRC are clear: to prevent infections, to reduce discrimination and avoid deaths related to AIDS.

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World Science Day for Peace and Development:




Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO and Abdourahamane Diallo, UNESCO Representative to the DRC urge Congolese youth to embrace sciences

 

Kinshasa, 8 November 2014
– The international community commemorates this Monday, 10 November, the World Science Day for Peace and Development. Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO and Abdourahamane Diallo, UNESCO Representative to the DRC take this opportunity to urge Congolese youth, both male and female to embark on scientific careers as a way of contributing to economic development and the consolidation of peace in their country.



“We all dream of a Congo where millions of young people can draw inspiration from great scientists in the country and across the African continent.
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United Nations Day:


Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, appeals for peace consolidation

in the DRC

 
Kinshasa, 23 October 2014
– Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in the DRC, calls on “Congolese people to own the United Nations Charter in order to practice tolerance, to live in peace with one another, in a spirit of good neighborliness, and to join forces with the United Nations to maintain peace and international security.”

 
The United Nations Charter is a message of peace, “We the peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war…” and also a tool enabling Member States to fulfill their obligations: peace, stability, development and freedom for all people and individuals. “You are the United Nations!” said the Head of MONUSCO.

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North Kivu:

Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, calls for decisive joint military actions to neutralize the ADF

 

 Kinshasa 18 October 2014 – Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, calls for “decisive joint military actions of FARDC and MONUSCO to start as soon as possible in order to relieve the population from the terror imposed by the ADF, once and for all”.


Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, calls for “decisive joint military actions of FARDC and MONUSCO to start as soon as possible in order to relieve the population from the terror imposed by the ADF, once and for all”.

 

“This sequence of violence, killings, assassinations, and human rights violations in Beni territory needs to stop immediately and I strongly condemn these atrocious acts” added the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Human Rights:


Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, profoundly concerned at the request of DRC Government calling for the departure of Scott Campbell

 

 

Kinshasa, 18 October 2014 – Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, is deeply disturbed by the request of the DRC government, calling for the departure of Scott Campbell, the chief of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) and calls upon the government to reconsider its decision.

“I express my full confidence and trust in Scott Campbell and the work undertaken by his whole team. The Likofi report was prepared in accordance with the Security Council mandate for MONUSCO and followed the methodology used by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. I take full responsibility for its conclusions and recommendations” declared the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the DRC.

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty:

Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the DRC, is worried about a form of extreme poverty which also affects workers

 

Goma, October 17, 2014 - “Eradicating poverty for good in the whole world is neither an utopia nor an illusion ; it is a clear objective towards which we must all strive for,” stated Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The eradication of extreme poverty and hunger is at the heart of the Millennium Development Goals. Their aim is to reduce by half, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of the population living below the poverty line. The global objective has been achieved; as in the developing world, the percentage of individuals living below the poverty line fell from 47% in 1990 to 22% in 2010.
North Kivu:


Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, is
in Beni to express his support to the families of the victims of the massacres perpetrated by ADF

 


Beni, 17 October 2014
– Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, paid homage to the victims of the Beni attacks, bowing in front of the mortal remains of the villagers killed during the night of 15 to 16 October in Ngadi and Kadu, near Beni, North-Kivu province. 

 

During the ceremony, Martin Kobler met with the families of the victims of the ADF attacks. “I came to Beni to show my solidarity and to express my profound and sincere condolences to the family of the victims. I strongly condemn the slaughter perpetrated by ADF rebels. There will definitely be consequences for those heinous and unacceptable crimes,” declared the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Martin Kobler condemns in the strongest terms the heinous attacks against the population in Beni
Goma, October 16, 2014 - Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, is deeply concerned about the recent spate in attacks against the population in the region of Beni. "I strongly condemn the criminal attacks perpetrated during the night of 15 October in the Ngadi and Kadou localities near the town of Beni in the North-Kivu Province," declared the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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