DR Congo: UN Experts to Investigate Kasai Region Violence

Henrietta Strickland
June 24, 2017

"We fully support the establishment of an global investigation by the Human Rights Council as a step forward in identifying the perpetrators of gross violations and bringing them to justice", Zeid said in a statement.

Army forces and a militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo have killed at least 3,383 people in the central Kasai region since October, the Catholic Church said on Tuesday.

A United Nations peacekeeper patrols the Katanga area in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The 47-member Geneva forum adopted by consensus a resolution brought by African countries which also called on the Kinshasa government to cooperate with the team of global experts. The resolution says Mr. Hussein will select the experts, who are to work to global standards, receive the full cooperation and support of Congolese authorities and have unhindered access to all areas. The violence also sparked fears that a bigger conflict could arise in the DCR, given that the country is rife with ethnic rivalry and conflicts over mineral resources.

"The victims - those who have been killed, maimed, subjected to bad violence and forced from their homes - deserve justice", Zeid said.

The American ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki R. Haley, said that the investigators must be allowed to work without interference and that Congo's government must cooperate.

"We fully support the establishment of an worldwide investigation by the Human Rights Council as a step forward in identifying the perpetrators of gross violations and bringing them to justice", he said in a statement. United Nations investigators say they have discovered 42 mass graves. Any backsliding in carrying out the terms of the resolution would be taken up at the council's next session in September, a Western diplomat said.

"We fully support the establishment of an global investigation by the Human Rights Council as a step forward in identifying the perpetrators of gross violations and bringing them to justice", High Commissioner Zeid said.

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.

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