UN: DRC must stop rights violations by its armed forces

2017-02-21 16:00
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Dakar - The UN commissioner for human rights has called on Democratic republic of Congo's government to stop human rights violations by its armed forces.

Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said on Monday that as security has deteriorated in the Central African country, there are multiple, credible allegations that soldiers are targeting people with ties to a local militia in Kasai province.

The call comes after a video surfaced showing DRC soldiers shooting and killing unarmed victims.

The militia fighters are accused of carrying out violence since their leader was killed in August.

The UN commissioner said DRC's government must ensure that its security forces respect peoples' lives and must launch an independent investigation into troops' excessive use of force.

DRC is home to multiple militias vying for control of its rich mineral deposits.

Read more on:    un  |  drc  |  central africa

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