Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Pauline Latham MP tabled a Westminster Hall debate on the situation in the DRC on 23 October. The APPG Member insisted on the extent of the humanitarian disaster and the dire living conditions faced by displaced persons and populations from conflict-affected areas. Ms Latham put a particular emphasis on the numerous reports of human rights violations, including use of child soldiers and widespread sexual and gender-based violence, perpetrated by the M23 and other armed groups, the Congolese army and foreign military officials involved in the conflict.
But the Member for Mid Derbyshire also stressed that the DRC government had not sufficiently engaged in reforms necessary to restore state authority and good governance, such as security sector reform, and that the UK, as a major donor to the DRC, had considerable aid leverage to push for such reforms, without which all stabilisation efforts will remain fruitless.
The transcript of the debate can be read here