DRC charges 34 with genocide

2015-08-14 21:00
A large area of natural forest that has been burnt down on a yearly basis to make charcoal near the village of Mweso, Democratic Republic of Congo. (Melanie Gouby, AP)

A large area of natural forest that has been burnt down on a yearly basis to make charcoal near the village of Mweso, Democratic Republic of Congo. (Melanie Gouby, AP)

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

Kinshasa - A prosecutor in Democratic Republic of Congo said on Friday he had charged 34 people with genocide and crimes against humanity in inter-ethnic violence in the country's southeast.

The charges against members of the Luba, a Bantu ethnic group, and Twa, a Pygmy people who inhabit Africa's Great Lakes region, mark the first civilian prosecutions for such crimes in Congo.

"These are crimes that can have severe penalties, up to 30 years for example," the prosecutor-general of Katanga province, Caiphe Useni, told Reuters. Proceedings began on Thursday.

A law enacted in 2013 authorised civilian courts to try cases of genocide and crimes against humanity, he said.

The Luba and Twa have been in conflict since May 2013 in the southeast of Congo, known for its rich deposits of copper, cobalt and other metals.

Local activists say that the violence is driven by social inequities between the Bantu villagers and the Twa, a hunting and gathering people long denied access to land and basic services.

New York-based campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday that Luba fighters killed at least 30 people in April when they attacked a camp for displaced people in northern Katanga.

Twa militias massacred Luba civilians in reprisal attacks, HRW said.

Read more on:    hrw  |  drc  |  central africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


6 myths about male cancer

It is important to be aware of the most prevalent cancer diseases amongst men in our country.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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.


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.