More footage of DRC army brutalising civilians

DRC army footageFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) –RIGHTS groups have called for the expansion of sanctions against the Democratic Republic of Congo following video emergence of the national army brutalising and killing civilians.
The advocates are demanding such restriction also effected to curtail the incessant killings of civilians by the military during operations against militia groups.
In the most gruesome footage, men in Congolese army uniform fatally shoot at least 13 alleged militia members, some of whom are carrying sticks and slingshots, in the volatile Kasai region.
Another video shows an unarmed girl bleeding on the ground outside the governor’s office in Kananga, capital of Central Kasai.
Men said to be soldiers are heard interrogating her and refusing to take her to the hospital.
They kick her twice in the face.
It is reported she died later in hospital.
Soldiers have killed at least 101 people, including 39 women, during an outbreak of violence involving the Kamuina Nsapu militia in Tshimbulu, in Central Kasai.
Human Rights Watch Central Africa director, Ida Swayer, said United Nations and Europe should also consider imposing additional targeted sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes.
“Localised violence, armed conflicts, and serious political tensions throughout Congo heighten concerns that the country is a powder keg ready to explode.”
Sanctions have been imposed on government and security figures after the violence that was meted against opponents of President Joseph Kabila’s hanging onto power despite the lapse of his tenure last year.
Peace talks are uncertain amid recurrent violence.

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