Missing UN team found dead in DRC

American-Michael-Sharp-UN-missingFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE United Nations and human rights groups have expressed outrage after members of a group of experts probing the conflict central of the Democratic Republic of Congo were found dead.
The bodies Michael Sharp (United States) and Zaida Catalan (Sweden) were found near Bunkonde in Kasai Central alongside that of their interpreter, Betu Tshintela on Monday, two weeks after they went missing.
Catalan was beheaded.
The whereabouts of three motorbike drivers that accompanied the rights experts in their investigations were unknown at the time of publication.
Yesterday (Wednesday), Human Rights Watch condemned the murder of the experts and called on authorities to locate the remaining members of the team.
Ida Sawyer, the rights group’s Central Africa director, called for a probe.
“An international, independent investigation is urgently needed into these deaths and disappearances, and the broader violence in the Kasai region, to help end the abuses there and bring those responsible to justice,” Saywer said.
Speaking yesterday, UN secretary general, António Guterres, was enraged but retained hope the cause of the experts’ deaths will be determined following thorough examination.
UN will also conduct an inquiry.
“In case of criminal acts, the United Nations will do everything possible to ensure that justice is done,” Guterres assured.
Guterres and Sawyer extended their condolences to the families of the deceased.
The rights experts were in the volatile Central African country to probe the deadly clashes in the Kasai region, pitting Armed Forces of the DRC and militia of slain tribal leader, Kamuina Nsapu.
Over 400 people have been killed because of the militancy while the army has also been accused of killing some civilians during the blood clashes.
Thousands have been displaced in the conflict coinciding with President Joseph Kabila to quit after the lapse of his two terms.

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