Democratic Republic of the Congo
Practice Relating to Rule 132. Return of Displaced Persons
In the framework of the 2008 DRC Pledge of Commitment signed by a number of armed groups, the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), taking note of the pledge of the contracting parties and upon their request, undertook in conformity with the pertinent recommendations of the Conference on Peace, Stability and Development in the Provinces of North Kivu and South Kivu to “create a demilitarized zone to … secure the return of displaced persons”.
In 2010, during a speech before the Parliament on the State of the Nation, the President of the Republic stated:
Even if still fragile in certain areas, peace is back in practically all the national territory.
The challenge before us now is to consolidate peace and stabilize the region. The response requires the following complementary actions:
- the progressive and organized return of displaced persons to their environments, as well as of refugees to their respective countries.