U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
June 14, 2021
Acting Assistant Secretary Peterson’s Travel to Democratic Republic of Congo
Acting Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Lisa Peterson will travel to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), on June 14-18 to represent the United States in the first ever U.S.-DRC bilateral human rights dialogue.
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. 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.
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