Protect the people of Democratic Republic of Congo

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Over one million civilians, most of them women and children, have been displaced by fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the North Kivu region is as high as 1.6 million according to some estimates.

Most are in a desperate situation, without sufficient food, water, medical supplies or shelter.

Fighting has continued in North Kivu despite a unilateral ceasefire declared by the armed group, the National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP), on 29 October.

Amnesty International continues to receive reports of serious human rights abuses, including unlawful killings of civilians, rape and forced recruitment, and of extensive looting in the conflict zones

Humanitarian agencies are doing their utmost to bring aid to displaced people, but are close to being overwhelmed by the scale of the suffering. Many IDPs remain inaccessible and some humanitarian operations are suspended because of the fragile security situation.

To help protect the people of DRC from grave human rights violations, Amnesty International wants the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to authorize the urgent reinforcement of MONUC, the UN peacekeeping force in the DRC. Figures in the Security Council should also encourage other UNSC members, plus countries contributing troops and donor countries, to lend their support to the reinforcement.

Many governments have expressed support for reinforcing MONUC, but so far the Security Council has not authorized deployment of the additional troops and specialist personnel and equipment MONUC says it needs. Once the UNSC approves a reinforcement of MONUC, the decision should be implemented without delay.

To help save lives in the DRC, the UNSC must take immediate action.

Take action NOW: http://www.amnesty.org/en/appeals-for-action/protect-people-drc

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