Hundreds executed without trial in DRC

DRC executedFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – STATE agents have killed more than 230 civilians is extra-judicial executions in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the beginning of the year as the worsening political crisis coincides with escalating violations.
Yesterday (Thursday), the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the central African country, said 206 civilians were killed in February, which is eight times higher than the toll in January when 26 victims were executed.
The Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC) soldiers were responsible for 183 extrajudicial executions – including 71 children and five women – accounting for more than half (56%) of the total number of extrajudicial executions in February.
Extrajudicial execution is the killing of a person by governmental authorities without the sanction of judicial proceedingS or legal process.
These were mainly in Central Kasaï Province (151 victims, including 60 children), Tanganyika (20 victims including five women and eight children), North Kivu (10 victims including one child) and Haut-Uélé Minor).
Armed groups were responsible for at least 23 cases, a significant increase compared to the previous month when nine victims were assigned to them.
The civilians are caught between the clashes between the army and rebel groups.
In total, UNJHRO documented 461 human rights violations throughout the DRC, an increase from January 2017, during which 427 violations were documented. Among these violations, at least 78 are violations of the right to life against 369 victims.
State agents were responsible for nearly 48% of the violations documented during the month, equaling 219 violations. Armed groups accounted for 242 violations, accounting for more than 52% of the total number of recorded violations.
The violations come at a time the political situation is tense amid lack of implementation of an agreement between beleaguered President Joseph Kabila and opposition parties.
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