November 2013 news

Communities still at risk: Any future military action in east DRC must minimise harm to civilians

11 November - Oxfam International

The M23 has been defeated militarily and today are set to sign a peace agreement with the government, but dozens of armed groups remain in eastern DRC, exposing civilians to daily violence. Government and the UN must ensure that communities do not become the casualties of any military action against these groups.

The defeat of M23 brought an end their 18-month rebellion in eastern DRC, which is due to be formalised in a joint peace agreement signing with the Congolese government in Kampala, Uganda today. But with more than 30 other armed groups active in the region, the conflict is far from over. Any future actions of the Congolese military, MONUSCO and the UN Force Intervention Brigade against these groups must prioritize the safety and security of civilians, and ensure they do not become victims of new conflict.

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