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Over 150 civilians massacred in DRC conflict

KINSHASA – SOME 23 children are among more than 150 civilians
killed over the past month as the human rights violations in the
Democratic Republic of the Congo deteriorate.

About 70 victims have been raped.

A significant number of violations are blamed on the national army, which
is struggling to bring mayhem perpetrated by armed groups and youth
militia under control.

The United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the Central
African country disclosed state agents have committed more human rights
violations than combatants of all armed groups.

State agents are responsible for nearly 64 percent of documented
violations (282 violations) of human rights for the month of August, which
represents a significant increase compared to July when they were fingered
in 217 violations.

They are responsible for the extrajudicial execution of 33 men, a woman
and 20 children.

At least 12 soldiers and five state agents have convicted of the rights
violations.

Summary executions by armed groups have increased by almost three times
over the past month with 110 victims, including seven women and three
children killed.

Of the 68 victims of sexual violence, 11 are attributable to state agents
and the remainder to armed groups and militias.

The most affected provinces were mainly those east of the country,
including Kivu, Ituri and Kongo Central.

DRC is overwhelmed by militancy, which has worsened after President Joseph
Kabila failed to arrange elections at the expiry of his mandate late 2016.

It is unlikely polls will be held at the end of the year.

– CAJ News

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