COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION
OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
1-19 March 1999
CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES
UNDER ARTICLE 9 OF THE CONVENTION
of the Committee on the
Elimination of Racial Discrimination
108. At its 1313th meeting,
on 5 March 1999 (see CERD/C/SR.1313), the Committee reviewed the implementation
of the Convention by the Congo on the basis of information from United
Nations and other sources. The Committee notes with regret that the
initial report of the Congo has been overdue since 10 August 1989.
109. The Committee also
notes with regret that the State party was not able to respond to
its invitation to participate in the meeting and to furnish relevant
110. The Committee considers
that the armed conflicts of 1997 had an important ethnic dimension.
111. The Committee deplores
the part played by mercenaries and the impunity that has been enjoyed
by those responsible for the many violations of human rights and the
displacement of populations. It notes that members of Pygmy groups
continued to suffer from ethnic discrimination.
112. The Committee requests
the State party to investigate the violations of human rights, in
particular acts of racial discrimination, to bring offenders to trial,
to offer compensation to victims' families and to discontinue the
employment of mercenaries.
113. The Committee requests
the State party to provide it with relevant information on the implementation
of legislation prohibiting and sanctioning racial discrimination.
It also wishes to receive information on immigration, on the demographic
composition of the population and on measures taken to ensure that
perpetrators of acts of violence related to racial discrimination
are not benefiting from impunity.
114. The Committee urges
the State party to open a dialogue with the Committee as soon as possible.
115. The Committee suggests
that the Government of the Congo, if it wishes, may avail itself of
the technical assistance offered under the advisory services and technical
assistance programme of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner
for Human Rights, with the aim of drawing up and submitting as soon
as possible a report drafted in accordance with the reporting guidelines.