DRC soldiers probed for murdering villagers

DRC soldiersFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) has in recent months killed some 50 people on suspicion of affiliation with local militia.
This is the latest in a series of human rights violations blamed on the army, which is accused of summary executions, since a conflict began pitting the army and militia loyal to a tribal leader, Kamuina Nsapu, who was killed by the armed forces in August 2016.
Horrific video footage emerged over the weekend apparently showing FARDC soldiers shooting repeatedly and without warning at men and women, who purportedly belonged to the Kamiuna Nsapu militia, in Muenza Nsapu village.
The alleged troops fired at point blank range at unarmed victims as they lay bleeding on the ground.
Overall, the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) has documented the killings of more than 280 individuals in the context of the clashes between troops and militia .
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said there were multiple, credible allegations of massive human rights violations in Kasai, Kasai Central, Kasai Oriental and Lomami provinces, amid a sharp deterioration in security situation.
“It is time to stop a blunt military response that does nothing to tackle the root causes of the conflict between the Government and local militias but instead targets civilians on the basis of their presumed links to the militias,” said Al Hussein.
He called on the government of beleaguered President Joseph Kabila to immediately address the violations.
DRC Government spokesperson and Minister of Communication Lambert Mende said FARDC officers were under judicial investigation for their behavior during recent fighting in the village Muenza Nsapu village.
CAJ News

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