DRC 'failed' to probe murder of aid workers

2012-10-05 18:15

(Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Kinshasa - Human Rights Watch on Friday condemned the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo for failing to investigate the case of seven humanitarian workers murdered a year ago in an ethnically-motivated killing.

The victims were killed for being ethnic Banyamulenge after their car was ambushed, in an attack attributed to the local Mai Mai Yakutumba militia, allied to Burundian rebels from the National Forces of Liberation (FNL).

Authorities announced the opening of an inquiry but the watchdog said the Congolese government had failed to act to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The seven who worked for non-governmental organisation Eben Ezer Ministry International were killed on 4 October 2011, at Kalungwe village in the South Kivu province.

HRW said the Mai Mai separated passengers based on their ethnicity and executed the seven who were Banyamulenge.

“One year has passed since Mai Mai executed seven humanitarian workers on ethnic grounds, and the victims’ families still await justice,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

“The Congolese government has done almost nothing to arrest those responsible while the killing of civilians in South Kivu continues.”

"The Mai Mai ruthlessly singled out and killed their victims because of their ethnicity," Bekele said.

"The Congolese government should recognise that its failure to address the abuses long rampant in this region allows ethnic tensions to smoulder."

Read more on:    human rights watch  |  drc  |  central africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Travel
 

LOL treadmill fail!

Watch this hilarious clip! We think this man should rather be running outside this summer!

 
 

I love summer.24

Google’s top searches of 2014
10 of the strangest Christmas traditions around the world
2014's best drone videos
7 drinks you need to make this party season

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

15% off LEGO

Save 15% when you buy 2 or more Lego toys. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Any chance to explore the distant shores of things yet to be found will fascinate you. The challenge is dealing with the issues...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.