” Britain is being urged to help close down a legal loophole that lets financiers known as "vulture funds" use courts in Jersey to claim hundreds of millions of pounds from the world's poorest countries.
The call came from international poverty campaigners as one of the vulture funds was poised to be awarded a $100m (£62m) debt payout against the Democratic Republic of the Congo after taking action in the Jersey courts.”
Presidential Elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Mark C. Toner
Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
November 9, 2011
The United States government condemns recent calls to violence and other incendiary speech that have recently taken place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.). The presidential and legislative elections scheduled for November 28 are an important milestone for Congolese democracy and should be a chance for the Congolese people to express their collective will in a peaceful and responsible manner. Irresponsible actions – such as calls to violence and the proclaiming of victory prior to the vote – undermine the electoral process and are inherently undemocratic.
We strongly urge all Congolese political parties, their leaders, and their supporters to act responsibly and to renounce violence, which has no place in a democratic process. We also call on the candidates to pledge to accept the results of a credible process. At the same time, we remind the government of the D.R.C. of its responsibility to provide a secure political space for candidates to conduct their campaigns and for journalists to report on them.
The United States government reiterates its support for its Congolese partners in efforts to conduct transparent, credible, and participatory elections in which the will of the people is expressed peacefully.
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