The United States of America has sent the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Lisa Peterson to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
A statement issued by the Department of State on Monday said the envoy is meant to spend 5 days in capital Kinshasa for a first ever U.S -DRC joint human rights dialogue.
“The Acting Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Lisa Peterson will travel to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), June 14-18, to represent the United States in the first ever U.S.-DRC bilateral human rights dialogue,” said part of the statement.
The bilateral dialogue is focusing on the protection of human rights, freedom of expression, ending impunity among others.
“Under the rubric of the U.S-DRC Privileged Partnership for Peace and Prosperity, Acting Assistant Secretary Peterson will meet in Kinshasa with government and civil society leaders to discuss protection of human rights, ending impunity and ensuring accountability for those who commit abuses, ensuring freedom of press and expression, as well as ongoing efforts to combat trafficking in persons,” added the statement.
It did not explicitly state if the envoy is going to meet President Felix Tshisekedi.
U.S in March 2019, imposed sanctions on a number of DRC Government officials accusing them of compromising the electoral process that brought Tshisekedi to power.
State Department said the five days bilateral will also focus on the preparation for the next DRC election scheduled for 2023.
“The dialogue will also focus on ongoing cooperation to strengthen democratic institutions, including Congolese preparations for an on-time, free, and fair election in 2023,” said the statement.