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Marieemma
- 3696 days ago - raisehopeforcongo.org
TAKE ACTION !!! TAKE ACTION !!! TAKE ACTION !!! TAKE ACTION !!! In its present form, this new joint military operation is far more likely to lead to atrocities against civilians than to successfully dismantle the FDLR rebel group. Immediate action..



   

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Marieemma T (227)
Wednesday February 4, 2009, 7:39 am
As a constituent, I would like to draw your attention to the urgent situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A new and unusual collaboration between the governments of Congo and Rwanda has resulted in the arrest of Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda and the deployment of an estimated 4,000 Rwandan soldiers into eastern Congo in recent weeks. In its present form, this new joint military operation is far more likely to lead to atrocities against civilians than to successfully dismantle the FDLR rebel group. Immediate action is required to increase the transparency and efficacy of the operation, ensure accountability, and more effectively focus the international community on a shared core objective: the elimination of the FDLR as a security threat to the region.

I urge you to call on President Obama and his administration to immediately appoint a special envoy to lead U.S. engagement in a sustained multilateral effort to achieve stability in the Great Lakes region, paying immediate attention to the threat posed by the FDLR. The U.S. envoy should be based in the region, have appropriate staff and logistical support, and work to accomplish the following goals in North Kivu and South Kivu Provinces:

1. protect civilians in FDLR areas by immediately enhancing the capacity of the U.N. peacekeeping force, known as MONUC, and by pressuring Congo and Rwanda to minimize collateral damage;
2. increase the desertion rate of rank-and-file FDLR through more effective and transparent disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, resettlement, and repatriation, or DDRRR, programs;
3. demand international military observation of the operations and a more clearly defined role for MONUC; and,
4. halt the impunity that fuels rampant atrocities by securing the arrest of Bosco Ntaganda and supporting the swift expansion of the ICC's investigations into the North and South Kivu Provinces.

 

Marieemma T (227)
Wednesday February 4, 2009, 7:40 am
1. Immediately appoint a special envoy to lead U.S. engagement in a sustained multilateral effort to achieve stability in the Great Lakes region;
2. Protect civilians in FDLR areas by immediately enhancing the capacity of the U.N. peacekeeping force, known as MONUC, and by pressuring Congo and Rwanda to minimize collateral damage;
3. Increase the desertion rate of rank-and-file FDLR through more effective and transparent disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, resettlement, and repatriation, or DDRRR, programs;
4. Demand international military observation of the operations and a more clearly defined role for MONUC; and,

5. Halt the impunity that fuels rampant atrocities by securing the arrest of Bosco Ntaganda and supporting the swift expansion of the ICC's investigations into the North and South Kivu Provinces.

If, and only if, those conditions are met, the United States and the international community should consider assisting the operations in targeting FDLR commanders by providing intelligence and tactical support.
 

. (0)
Wednesday February 4, 2009, 7:16 pm
noted thank you
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 5, 2009, 8:10 am
Noted and letter sent. Thankyou Marieemma!
 

Suzanna van der Voort (271)
Thursday February 5, 2009, 12:06 pm
Noted, could not sign, becuase it is for the U.S. only, but will crosspost and share.
Thnaks Marieemma
 

Marta Away (55)
Tuesday February 2, 2010, 11:56 am
Noted. What is happening in the D.R.C. is appalling. I can not sign because I donīt live in the USA. Thanks for share.
 
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