19:11 GMT +316 July 2019
Listen Live
    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called security forces of DRC and protesters to refrain from violence

    UN Calls on DRC Security Forces, Protesters to Refrain From Violence

    © REUTERS / Mariana Bazo
    Get short URL
    0 23

    Following a crackdown on unarmed demonstrators by authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on the DRC's security forces and protesters to refrain from violence.

    UNITED NATIONS, January 23 (Sputnik) – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called security forces of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and protesters to refrain from violence, following a crackdown on unarmed demonstrators by the DRC authorities.

    "He [Ban] deplores the loss of lives and injuries caused so far and calls on the security forces and demonstrators to refrain from further violence and exercise maximum restraint," Thursday's statement said.

    The Secretary General highlighted the governmental responsibility to provide political space for peaceful expression of opinion.

    "Demonstrations should be conducted in a peaceful manner, while violence is not acceptable, the response to violent protests must also be proportionate," Ban said.

    Major protests have occurred in the DRC in recent days regarding new electoral legislation. The new legislation would extend President Joseph Kabila's rule.

    Earlier on Thursday, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous stated that the organization was troubled by the reports the use of force against unarmed demonstrators, as well as arbitrary arrests, by the security forces. Reports of the government shutting down websites, radio stations and text messages services were branded "alarming" by Ladsous.


    UN Security Council Calls for Military Action Against Rebel Group in Congo
    UN, DR Congo Army Must Cooperate to Stop Killings as Death Toll Rises: HRW
    Ferry Sinks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Killing at Least 129
    violence, UN, Ban Ki-moon, Democratic Republic of Congo
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik