UN rights chief demands international DR Congo probe

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein urged the UN Human Rights Council to establish an international investigation into serious abuses in the region, including summary executions, killings of children, recruitment of child soldiers and sexual violence.

UN rights chief demands international DR Congo probe

World Bulletin / News Desk

The UN human rights chief on Friday slammed Kinshasa for not seriously investigating spiralling violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo's central Kasai provinces and demanded an international probe.

"The scale and nature of these human rights violations and abuses, and the consistently inadequate responses of the domestic authorities, oblige us to call for an international investigation to complement national efforts," he said in a statement.

The flare-up in the Kasai region began last September, a month after government forces killed tribal chief and militia leader Kamwina Nsapu, who had rebelled against President Joseph Kabila.

The unrest has claimed more than 400 lives and forced some 1.3 million from their homes, according to the UN.

Unconfirmed local statistics put the number of dead as high as 3,000. 

Zeid's office has meanwhile documented the existence of 42 mass graves, but his spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani warned Friday that the true number could be "much higher".

She said the rights office had information indicating that members of the Congolese armed forces (FARDC), may have "dug many of the graves after clashing with presumed elements of the Kamuina Nsapu militia over the past several months."

Two UN rights experts were murdered in March while gathering evidence about mass graves in the region.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Haziran 2017, 14:49