HC Deb 26 October 1999 vol 336 cc805-6W
Dr. Tonge

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of the Republic of Congo about torture of child witch doctors in Kinshasa. [95231]

Mr. Hain

We have asked our Embassy in Kinshasa to investigate these reports. We maintain a regular dialogue with the Minister for Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, covering all facets of human rights and child rights issues. We condemn all acts of violence against civilians and any acts that cause unnecessary suffering. We continue to urge the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to apply rigorously international humanitarian law and human rights law, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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