UN to send experts to probe DR Congo violence

A council resolution called on the UN rights office to dispatch a team of international experts to help Kinshasa investigate gross rights violations in the region, including extrajudicial killings, torture, rape and the use of child soldiers.

UN to send experts to probe DR Congo violence

World Bulletin / News Desk

The UN Human Rights Council on Friday decided to send a group of experts to Democratic Republic of Congo to help investigate an explosion of deadly violence in the Kasai region.

More than 3,300 people have been killed in eight months of spiralling unrest in the central Kasai region, the papal envoy to the country said earlier this week.

The violence has so far forced about 1.3 million people to flee their homes, according to UN figures.

Adopted by the 47-member council, the resolution, however, fell short of a call from UN rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein for a fully-fledged "independent, international investigation" following attacks in the region that he qualified as "horrific".

The European Union, supported by the United States and others, had initially presented a draft resolution urging such an international probe.

But faced with harsh opposition from Kinshasa, they opted for a compromise, withdrawing their resolution and joining one presented by Tunisia on behalf of a group of African countries.

That text calls for the team of international experts, including ones from the region, "to collect and preserve information to determine the facts and circumstances... in cooperation with the (DRC) government".

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Haziran 2017, 16:41