More than 130,000 DRC nationals expelled from Brazzaville

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A policeman patrols the area around IDP camp in Mugunga during TSC field visit near Goma, the 20th of May 2014. UN Photo: Sylvain Liechti

United Nations officials have urged the Government of the Republic of Congo to immediately halt the expulsions of citizens from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Since April, more than 130,000 nationals of the DRC have been expelled from Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo, according to the UN.

The Mission says it has received reports of physical abuse, cruel treatment and sexual violence inflicted on people as they were forced back into their country.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson.

"The Head of the UN Mission in DRC, Martin Kobler, said he was shocked after visiting the transit camp in Maluku and hearing testimonies of victims of gross human rights abuses and cruel treatments. Zainab Hawa Bangura, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on sexual violence in armed conflict, also called for an investigation into allegations of sexual violence and other human rights violations."  (20″)

In a joint statement, the UN officials called on the two neighbouring countries to ensure that administrative and security officials "act in full compliance with the principles of good neighbourliness and preserve peace and international security in conformity with the UN Charter".

While the conditions for people to stay in a foreign country are part of the sovereign responsibility of the host country, the statement reads, deportations should be made in strict compliance with the principles and rules of the international law.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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