In a statement released in Kinshasa, MONUC warned that the clashes, which are taking place notably in the towns of Uvira, Bunia and Mambasa, are putting at risk the ongoing peace process at a time when the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country should be leading to the conclusion of the Inter-Congolese Dialogue. The renewed fighting, which involves elements of the Maï- Maï as well various rebel groups, is having “incalculable humanitarian consequences,” with many civilians fleeing the towns where the fighting is occurring, the Mission said. It called on all parties to immediately end the violence and reaffirming its willingness to help them return as soon as possible to the path of dialogue.
In a statement read out to a formal meeting by Ambassador Koro Bessho of Japan, Council President for December, the 15-member body expressed “grave concern” at reports of migrants being sold into slavery in Libya and emphasized that all migrants should be treated with humanity and dignity and that their rights should be fully respected. The Council urged the Libyan authorities and all Member States to comply with their obligations under international law and stressed the need to transfer detainees to State authority. The Council also encouraged those authorities to reinforce cooperation with international organizations and UN agencies and to ensure full humanitarian access to detention centres. The Council welcomed the statement by the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord of Libya denouncing trafficking in persons, including for the purpose of slavery, inside or outside the country, noting that Libyan authorities had launched an investigation and were committed to bringing perpetrators to justice. The Council also welcomed statements by the African Union calling for an immediate end to such practices and by the UN Secretary‑General requesting United Nations actors to actively pursue the matter. Reaffirming support for the Action Plan for Libya, the Council emphasized that a stable Libya was the only way to help improve the living conditions of all people in the country, including migrants. RELATED: UN agencies working to address slavery, abuses against African migrants and refugees, Security Council toldUnderlining the need for all actors to cooperate with the Government of National Accord of Libya, including assisting the country to build capacity to secure its borders and end human trafficking, the Council urged ratification and implementation of international instruments that countered such trafficking by all Member States. The Council encouraged cooperation between the European Union, the African Union and the United Nations to protect the lives of migrants and refugees along migration routes, inside Libya in particular. In addition, it underlined the need for coordination of efforts to tackle the root causes of large movements of people – including forced displacement, unmanaged migration and trafficking – in a comprehensive manner to prevent exploitation of refugees and migrants as well as for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.