UN sets to send a team of international experts to investigate human rights violations and abuse in DRC
Nothing less than 3,300 people have be silenced and shown the road that leads to their graves in the central Kasai region as a result of one violence or the other. In a report, as published by APO from the Human Rights Watch (HRW), confirmed this.
The report in part stated that: “Since large-scale violence broke out in the central Kasai region in August 2016, more than 3,300 people have been killed…, more than 1.3 million people have been displaced, and more than 600 schools have been attacked or destroyed.”
By adopting their resolution on the 23rd of June, 2017, with the corporation of the Congolese government, the United Nations Human Rights Council will be “directing the UN high commissioner for human rights to send a team of international experts to investigate alleged human rights violations and abuses in the central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.”
According to Laila Matar, UN advocate at Human Rights Watch, in the body of the report: “The Human Rights Council-mandated international investigation brings hope of uncovering the truth about the horrific violence in the Kasai region since August, a step toward justice for thousands of victims.
“The UN, the Human Rights Council, and above all the Congolese authorities now need to ensure unhindered access and all the support the team needs to independently produce a robust and credible report.”
Following the completion of the investigation, “The high commissioner is to update the Human Rights Council in March 2018 with the team’s participation and will submit a final report with the team’s findings next June.”
Correspondent: Olayiwola A. Ridwan