International organizations call for restraint in DRC

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Photo of peacekeepers from MONUSCO, the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  File Photo: MONUSCO/Myriam Asmani

Four international organizations are urging political leaders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to "exercise maximum restraint" in their actions and statements in the wake of recent deadly violence.

Clashes between protesters and government forces in the capital, Kinshasa, and other parts of the country have left scores of civilians dead.

The unrest is related to uncertainty over proposed presidential elections.

Dianne Penn reports.

The appeal was made by the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and La Francophonie (OIF), or the organization of the world’s French-speaking countries.

In a statement issued on Saturday, they called on political leaders in the DRC to urge their supporters to refrain from violence.

They also asked authorities to promote and protect human rights, and to uphold fundamental freedoms.

The four organizations said they are committed to supporting ongoing dialogue in the DRC, but stated that only inclusive dialogue involving the widest range of participants will pave the way to peaceful elections.

They also encouraged political groups that are not part of the talks to also do their part so that credible elections can be held at the earliest possible date.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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