DR Congo

EU was ‘far too quiet about the repression and its implications for DR Congo’s future’, says rights group

FULL ARTICLE. Enough Project, a Washington-based human rights group, has welcomed the European Union’s move to increase pressure on the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) but said the bloc should follow up with targeted sanctions to address the escalating political crisis in Congo. It has urged the EU to follow up with targeted financial pressure and strong enforcement of “anti-money laundering measures, asset freezes, and travel bans against kleptocratic leaders”. “The EU will use all the means at its disposal, including individual restrictive measures against those responsible for serious human rights violations…and those who would try to obstruct a consensual and peaceful solution to the crisis,” the EU Foreign Affairs Council said in its statement on 17 October, which is binding on all 28 member states. [IB Times]

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