UN to sanction attackers of peacekeeping mission

un security councilFrom 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.
The decision by the UN Security Council coincides with the council renew the sanctions for the country until July 2018 owing to severe human rights violations.Sanctions include travel embargoes and assets freeze.
The Security Council, UN’s most powerful organ, also condemned the assassination in March of two members of UN group of experts probing violations in the crisis-torn Kasaï region.
The experts-Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan- were found killed weeks after their disappearance. Some local aides of the pair are still unaccounted for.
Therefore, the council stated, “planning, directing or sponsoring attacks against MONUSCO peacekeepers or United Nations personnel, including members of the United Nations Expert Group, or to participate in it would now fall within the scope of the measures subject to sanctions under the resolution.” MONUSCO is the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, deployed to alleviate civil disturbances in the vast Central African country.Among the most worrisome developments in the DRC is the worsening situation in the Kasai region where militants loyal to a slain tribal leader are running battles with government forces.About 1,5 million people have been displaced, 50 000 of them to neighbouring Angola while hundreds have been killed.The skirmishes have coincided with President Joseph Kabila clinging to power at the expiry of his mandate last December.Kabila will be on an official visit to South Africa on Sunday.
– CAJ News

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