The Egyptian Coalition for Human Rights and Development condemns the terrorist attack launched by terrorists from the M23 rebel movement on the town of Bukombo in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Saturday 15/7/2023, where they fought against self-defense groups (local militias that support the army in defending villages and fighting the rebels), then they left with people who forced them to carry their belongings, and when they reached the center of Bucumbo, they killed them and other 11 civilians, some of whom were killed by bullets and others by knives, and their bodies were found after M23 fighters retreated from the town.
The M23 or “March 23” movement includes rebels suspected of committing several deadly attacks on civilians.
The Egyptian Coalition for Human Rights and Development expresses its condemnation in the strongest terms of this brutal terrorism and heinous act that violates the sanctity of the human soul and aims to destabilize the security of the Congolese state and the stability of citizens, as these terrorist crimes represent an attack on the right of citizens to life, a right guaranteed by international conventions on human rights and stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Therefore, these attacks represent a threat and a clear attack on a fundamental human right, which is the right to personal security and a stable life, in contravention of international human rights conventions and covenants.
The Egyptian Coalition for Human Rights and Development stresses that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, by whomsoever committed, wherever, and for whatever purposes, is one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.
The Egyptian Coalition for Human Rights and Development also indicates that these terrorist acts will only increase the coherence and strength of the war on terrorism and the importance of following up the coordination of international efforts to fight this scourge, especially confronting it intellectually to defeat its evil from its roots, as terrorism is based on a deviant thought that breeds from time to time, and its complete defeat lies in revealing the truth of its misguided ideas and dismantling all its suspicions, which are based on a systematic delusion with which it was able to penetrate some of its targets.
The Egyptian Coalition for Human Rights and Development calls on the countries of the world and the UN system to stand in solidarity to confront terrorism and the countries that support and sponsor it, which provide them with a safe haven and media platforms and provide logistical and informational support and training, so that the African continent can stand in the face of this scourge, emerge recovered from its effects, and overcome the great challenges it faces.