The European Parliament passed a resolution denouncing the horrific atrocities being carried out by armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and urging Rwanda not to help the M23 rebels.
The menace against women and the infringement of their human rights were addressed in this declaration by the European Parliament.
The statement reads, “The European Parliament expresses its deep concern about all threats and human rights violations suffered by women and girls during armed conflicts, and recognizes that women and girls are particularly threatened because they are frequently specifically targeted and are more exposed to violence in conflict and post-conflict situations, which prevents them from participating in peace processes.
The European Parliament requests that the global community step up its efforts.
“Explores the need for the international community to step up efforts to address the plague of sexual and gender-based violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, protect victims, put an end to the impunity of those who commit acts of violence, and provide survivors’ access to justice, reparations, and remedies.”
This statement from the European Parliament comes 24 hours after the Luanda mini-summit, which demanded that the rebels quit the territories they had taken control of and follow a ceasefire beginning this Friday, or the EAC regional army would drive them out.
Take note that in this declaration, the European Parliament requests that the Commission and the Union’s Member States make sure that the Great Lakes region’s plan for the EU addresses the many humanitarian concerns it presents.