57 Mr KAMBINGA SELE Democratic Republic of the Congo said that the Banyarwandas

57 mr kambinga sele democratic republic of the congo

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57. Mr. KAMBINGA SELE (Democratic Republic of the Congo) said that the Banyarwandas were, as their name indicated, Rwandans who had fled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a result of the various conflicts that had plagued Rwanda. Many of them had remained in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for several years and some had even studied there. One of them had become an adviser to former President Mobutu and had been instrumental in Mobutu’s signing in 1978 a decree-law granting Congolese nationality to the whole of that refugee group. The Parliament had repealed the decree-law because it was unacceptable for Congolese nationality to be granted collectively. Congolese nationality was available to anyone, individually, subject to an application in due form and in compliance with Congolese law. 58. It was true that, with a view to promoting the use of traditional names, a 1973 law had indeed prohibited giving Christian names to children, but it had fallen into abeyance, even though no specific provision had been adopted to repeal it. 59. Ms. MODUA (Democratic Republic of the Congo) said that, even though the administration of justice had been handed over to private facilities, the State still had a say in the
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CRC/C/SR.706 page 10 running of those facilities; that guaranteed compliance with national and international standards. For example, the case of juvenile offenders was handled by a two-tier system, respected the rights of the defence and the right to be assisted and represented and offered remedies. 60. It was true that, as the law stood, women on maternity leave received only three quarters of their salary and lost their entitlement to annual leave. Under the reforms being carried out, the Government intended to change the law so that women could continue to receive the whole of their salary during their maternity leave. 61. It was also true that the Board of Censorship lacked resources, but the authorities intended to give it fresh impetus through retraining programmes for its members and an increase in the resources allocated to it so that it could enforce the provisions of the Criminal Code which penalized the sale or distribution of potentially harmful goods. 62. Mr. KAMBINGA SELE (Democratic Republic of the Congo) said that the victim of child abduction was first and foremost the entire population of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, since, as had been recognized by the Human Rights Commission at its fifty-seventh session, it was Congolese children who were abducted by Ugandan and Rwandan troops. When he had last visited Geneva, the Health Minister had taken steps to ensure that pregnant HIV-positive women were cared for without charge with the help of UNAIDS in order to protect unborn babies.
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  • Summer '16
  • Ramon Wawire
  • Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Commercial sexual exploitation of children, Child abduction

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