Kinshasa, August 11. On the last day of his visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and as he was about to take off for Kigali, Antony Blinken was questioned by civil society actors and human rights defenders. In turn, Denis Mukwege, the famous doctor, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2018, activists Julienne Lusenge and Fred Bauma want to ensure that the American Secretary of State will show firmness vis-à-vis the neighboring country. Since the resurgence of M23 in November 2021, Rwanda has been accused, despite its denials, of supporting the rebel movement.
A second point is then addressed when they ask for the appointment of a special envoy of the United States for the Great Lakes. A request already made in 2021 by the NGO Human Rights Watch: “Given the deterioration of the situation and the potential consequences devastating for the DRC and the region if nothing is done, it is time for the American government to adopt a new approach and engage at the highest level (…). Such a commitment should include the appointment of a new special envoy for the Great Lakes,” the organization wrote at the time. In addition to political activism with a view to new peace negotiations in eastern Congo, an American special envoy would have the mission of working on issues of good governance and the fight against corruption, while the next presidential election must be held in december 2023.
DRC: relations with Rwanda, Monusco, presidential… Antony Blinken arrived in Kinshasa