Mass graves found in central Congo: United Nations

A top UN rights official has said that at least three mass graves have been been found in the Central Democratic Government of Congo, hundreds of people have been killed in clashes between local militia and security forces since July.

Since fighting broke out almost 400 people have died and more than 200,000 have been internally displaced, the violence escalated when the leader of Kamuina Nsapu militia was killed by the police in August.

The Kamuina Nsapu had vowed before his death that he will throw out the state security forces completely from the Kasai Central province.

Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has urged for an inquiry to be set up by the UN human rights council in Geneva, however, he has not given any additional details about the newly discovered mass graves.

Offers of support from the UN rights office have been declined by the government of Congo which has said that it is conducting its own investigation about human rights abuse.

Top analysts have said that President Joseph Kabila’s decision to not step down after his mandate expired has worsen the militia violence in Congo.


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