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Democratic Republic of Congo

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL5744, tabled on 16 March 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they have given to Scott Campbell, the Director of the United Nations joint human rights office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who was recently expelled from that country for publishing a report documenting police killing of street children known as kuluna.

Answered on

25 March 2015

I refer the noble Lord to my answer of 6 March to the noble Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale (HL5054). Our Ambassador in Kinshasa made clear in his official statement of 20 October 2014 the UK Government’s profound concern over the expulsion of Scott Campbell. The UN Security Council has given a mandate to its Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to monitor, report and follow-up on human rights violations and abuses. The Joint Human Rights Office’s reporting and its recommendations for action by the Government of the DRC and the international community are an important element of the UN’s work in the DRC and we expect it to be treated with respect.