December 5, 2022

Top U.S. diplomat Lisa Peterson travels to Democratic Republic of Congo for human rights dialogue

Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy
Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy

The Acting Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Lisa Peterson will travel to Kinshasa, the 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.

Felix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo speaking in the Gavi at 20: Lessons Learned from the World’s Leading Vaccine Alliance session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 22 January. Congress Centre – Congress Hall. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Valeriano Di Domenico

The U.S. Department of State 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.

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Lisa Peterson joins Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken for a virtual roundtable discussion on human rights from the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2021. State Department photo by Freddie Everett/ Public Domain

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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