Tweet or Call Ambassador Rice at the UN Mission: You could save a Congolese woman from rape

Ambassador Susan Rice -UN Picture

Ambassador Susan Rice -UN Picture

As Rwandan Security Forces return to Eastern Congo.

This message is from Kambale Musavuli, Spokesperson of Friends of the Congo.Are you still calling Susan Rice at the UN? There are movements of Rwandan troops being reported around Goma and people are being evacuated again. I won’t stop calling her until there are sanctions imposed.

Rwandan president Paul Kagame

Rwandan president Paul Kagame

Take Action Now To #StopM23 proxy militia in the #Congo! Send a tweet to Ambassador Rice at @AmbassadorRice and/or call the US Mission to the United Nations at 212-415-4404 and demand that the US take decisive action against Rwanda at the United Nations.

Tweets Proposed:

1. We want peace in Congo, now @AmbassadorRice @Whitehouse #StopM23 #SanctionRwanda

2. @AmbassadorRice Name Rwanda explicitly in @UN resolutions calling for an end to aggression against Congolese by Rwanda-backed militia #M23

3. @AmbassadorRice Sanction high-level Rwandan govt officials who back #M23 in Congo such as James Kabarebe, Charles Kayonga, Jacques Nziza.

4. @AmbassadorRice #SanctionRwanda for violating UN embargo on supplying weapons to armed militias in the DRC such as #M23 militia

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The Crisis in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has recently escalated to the point where a major city of an estimated one million inhabitants has been taken by the Rwandan-backed M23 proxy militia. Hundreds of thousands of Congolese in the North Kivu province have been rendered homeless and displaced. OXFAM reports that “Congolese are suffering violent abuse on a massive scale – including rape, kidnap and murder.”The response from the international community has not been commensurate with the dire conditions faced by the Congolese people. In spite of several United Nations (UN) studies that document the source of the instability and the role that Congo’s neighbor, Rwanda has played in arming, training and financing the destructive M23 proxy militia inside the Congo, the response from the international community has been tepid at best and equivocal at worst.

Immediate and robust diplomatic action is required at the international level particularly at the United Nations and specifically by the United States, arguably the strongest supporter of Rwanda in the global community. The recently published UN Group of Experts report documents clearly the role that Rwanda and Uganda are playing in directing the M23 proxy militia. British Foreign Secretary William Hague and International Development Secretary Justine Greening said “We judge the overall body of evidence of Rwandan involvement with M23 in the DRC to be credible and compelling.”In light of the UN report, the UN Security Council’s own resolution calls for decisive action. Section 8 of Resolution 2076 says “Expresses its intention to consider additional targeted sanctions, in accordance with the criteria set out in resolution 1857 (2008), against the leadership of the M23 and [those providing external support to the M23] and those acting in violation of the sanctions regime and the arms embargo, and calls on all Member States to submit, as a matter of urgency, listing proposals to the 1533 Committee;”

Take Action Now!
Send a tweet to Ambassador Rice at @ambassadorrice or call the US Mission to the United Nations at 212-415-4404 and demand that the US take decisive action against Rwanda at the UN.

1. Rwanda should be explicitly named in resolutions calling for an end to the aggression against the Congolese people by the Rwanda-backed militia.
2. Sanctions should be imposed on high-level officials in the Rwandan government who are backing the M23 such as Minister of Defense James Kabarebe and Chief of Staff, Charles Kayonga.
3. Rwanda should be sanctioned for violation of UN embargo on supplying weapons to armed militias in the DRC.

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