Posted by: africanpressorganization | 10 September 2009

Democratic Republic of the Congo / War crimes and crimes against humanity

 

 


 

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo / War crimes and crimes against humanity

 

KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) September 10, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily Press Briefing by the Offices of the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the General Assembly President.

 

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) released two joint reports on human rights abuses, including likely war crimes and crimes against humanity.  The abuses are said to have occurred in October and November 2008 in the north-eastern Kivu provinces during intense fighting between Government forces and the National Congress for the Defence of the People, known by its French acronym, CNDP.

 

One report deals with crimes attributed solely to the CNDP, while another focuses on the actions of Government forces, including at least 12 summary killings and some 70 rapes by troops fleeing a CNDP advance toward Goma.

 

Pillay said that the reports’ findings and observations underscored the urgent need for the Congolese Government and the international community to start “fundamental reforms” to security and law and order in the country.  She also expressed deep concern at the fact that CNDP commanders such as Jean Bosco Ntaganda have been absorbed into the army or have remained at large. 

 

SOURCE 

United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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