Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC/32 – Pierre Jacques Chalupa

Published: 27/Oct/2016
Source: Inter-Parliamentary Union

Decision adopted unanimously by the IPU Governing Council at its 199th session (Geneva, 27 October 2016)

The Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union,


1. Notes with satisfaction that a passport has been issued to Mr. Chalupa for humanitarian reasons, which has enabled him to begin appropriate medical treatment, and thanks the Speaker of the National Assembly for his intervention; wishes to receive confirmation as
soon as possible that this passport remains valid and that Mr. Chalupa can continue his medical treatment abroad without fear;

2. Deeply regrets that the issuance of the passport has not also led to the settlement of the question of Mr. Chalupa’s nationality once and for all; again urges the relevant authorities to recognize Mr. Chalupa’s nationality as soon as possible, in accordance with articles 2
and 9(2) of the law on nationality;

3. Once again emphasizes that Mr. Chalupa’s nationality had never been contested before he joined the opposition and that he has undeniable ties with the DRC, particularly as a former member of parliament; recalls that it considers that Mr. Chalupa was wrongfully deprived of his nationality and left stateless by the Congolese authorities after a conviction for forgery and the use of falsified documents, following a trial marred by serious flaws and in the absence of any form of appeal;

4. Is, as a result, dismayed and deeply disturbed by the Council of Minister’s decree and the reasons behind it; wishes to receive further clarifications on the decree, including whether it was issued in response to the application for naturalization filed in 1992 and whether
there are any forms of appeals process against this decree;

5. Requests the Secretary General to convey this decision to the parliamentary authorities, the Minister of Justice and any third party likely to be in a position to supply relevant information;

6. Requests the Committee to continue examining this case and to report back to it in due course.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports, Loss and Deprivation of Nationality
Regions: Democratic Republic of Congo
Year: 2016