Update (March 24, 2017) – Military justice officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo announced on March 18, 2017 that they had arrested and charged seven soldiers suspected of killing at least 13 alleged militia members in Mwanza Lomba, Kasai Central in February. The killings were captured in a video posted on the internet on February 17.
The UN Mission in the Congo, MONUSCO, offered their support to the investigation, but they were blocked from accompanying the Congolese magistrates on the ground.
“The arrest of soldiers allegedly implicated in serious abuses in the Kasai region is an important step in curtailing the violence,” said Ida Sawyer, Central Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “But Congolese judicial officials have shown little ability or willingness to independently investigate the military chain of command to examine the role of high-ranking commanders in unlawful killings and other crimes.”
(Kinshasa) – Democratic Republic of Congo authorities should fully and impartially investigate killings by alleged Congolese army soldiers in the central Kasai area, Human Rights Watch said today. A video posted on the internet on February 17, 2017, shows men in Congolese army uniforms fatally shooting at least 13 alleged militia members, some of whom are carrying sticks and slingshots.