UN opens international probe into alleged abuses in DR Congo's Kasai provinces

Postado Junho 24, 2017

It said that the UN Human Rights Council had passed a resolution requesting that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights send a team of global experts to investigate alleged human rights violations and abuses in the central Kasai region.

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

The U.N.'s Human Rights Council, composed of 47 member states, adopted by consensus the resolution calling for an investigation, brought by African countries.

From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC, KINSHASA, (CAJ News) - PERPETRATORS responsible for attacks on peacekeepers or other United Nations personnel in the volatile Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are now subject to sanctions.

Kinshasa has been fighting insurgents in the Kasai region since August, triggering fears of a wider conflict in the large central African country, a tinderbox of ethnic rivalry and competing claims over mineral resources.

"The victims - those who have been killed, maimed, subjected to awful violence and forced from their homes - deserve justice", Zeid said.

He added that the team will conduct investigations "in a fully independent manner, in accordance with global standards".

The United Nations reports that more than 1 million people have been forcibly displaced since violence erupted in August when government soldiers killed a local tribal leader in Kasai province.

The High Commissioner added that the UN Human Rights Office will also continue its monitoring, reporting and technical assistance activities in the DRC.

Several government officials have said in recent days that they were pleased a European Union proposal for a fully-independent global investigation into the violence had been withdrawn. Any backsliding in carrying out the terms of the resolution would be taken up at the council's next session in September, a Western diplomat said.

"This resolution risks not being enough to stop the massacres", he said.

In a statement, Mr. Zeid, who has repeatedly called for a probe, said the creation of the investigation is "a step forward in identifying the perpetrators of gross violations and bringing them to justice".