President of Democratic Republic of the Congo announces accession to Protocol II additional to the Geneva Conventions
30-03-2001 News Release 01/10
Geneva (ICRC) – The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mr Joseph Kabila, paid an official visit on 30 March to the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), where he was welcomed by ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger and other senior officials. During his visit, Mr Kabila announced his country’s forthcoming accession to Protocol II additional to the Geneva Conventions.
The ICRC welcomes the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s participation in Additional Protocol II, which brings to 151 the number of States party to the treaty and marks another step towards universality for this important instrument. The Protocol applies to non-international armed conflict, setting out basic guarantees for all individuals who are not, or are no longer, taking part in hostilities, defining the rights of persons deprived of their freedom, laying down judicial guarantees, protecting the civilian population and civilian property and prohibiting the use of famine and forced displacement as a means of warfare.
During their meeting, Mr Kellenberger thanked President Kabila for the support given by the authorities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to ICRC operations and to the Red Cross Society of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The two men also discussed assistance and protection for people displaced by fighting and now living near conflict zones. Mr Kellenberger assured Mr Kabila that the ICRC would continue providing humanitarian aid for people affected by the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in particular people displaced near the front lines, people wounded in the hostilities and individuals deprived of thei r freedom.
Mr Kabila was accompanied by his country’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister for Human Rights, the Deputy Minister of Justice, the Deputy Minister of Labour and the chargé d’affaires of the Permanent Mission of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations in Geneva.