Stop the violence in Burundi and protect Virunga National Park say MEPs
MEPs will call for measures to halt the escalation of violence in Burundi and assist the tens of thousands of Burundi refugees in neighbouring countries in a resolution to be voted on Thursday. In another resolution on Thursday they will call for measures to protect Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the endangered mountain gorillas.
The House debated the situation in Burundi on 25 November, calling on the EU and the international community to take urgent action to prevent genocide and to bring all possible pressure to bear on those responsible for the escalation of violence, persecutions, imprisonments and human rights violations. They also appealed for measures to assist the tens of thousands of refugees fleeing from Burundi to neighbouring countries and for development aid to be re-directed to those who really need it.
Protect Virunga National Park
MEPs called at their sitting on 2 December for measures to help protect Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a World Heritage Site since 1979, from the dangers posed by oil exploration, armed conflict and corruption. They called on the Commission to take action and devise viable strategies to help protect the park and to support sustainable development in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Procedure: non-legislative resolutions
Debate: Wednesday 25 November (Burundi), Wednesday 2 December (Virunga)
Vote: Thursday 17 December
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