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DRC Troops Desecrate Bodies, Torture M23 Detainees, Says UN

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UN says its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has “raised this matter at the highest level with the FARDC.”

Several M23 fighters were arrested during a FARDC military operation in Kanyarucinya and other parts around Goma last weekend.

It was discovered that several M23 combatants were tortured by their captives and bodies of those killed vandalized.

UN said Kinshasha promised to investigate the atrocities “and to hold the perpetrators of these acts accountable.”

FARDC have in the past come under international criticism for war crimes including rape, mass murder, burning of villages and desecration of dead bodies.

A joint UN report released in May indicated that Congolese armed forces, known by the French acronym FARDC, raped more than 102 women and 33 girls, some as young as six years old, as they fled the advance M23 rebels.

This report consisted details of victims and eyewitness accounts of mass rape, killings, arbitrary executions and other gross violations of human rights.

In a statement, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said then: “Those responsible for such crimes must know that they will be prosecuted.”

He further called the sexual violence outlined in the report “horrifying” in scale and systematic nature.

Meanwhile, MONUSCO further promised, in line with the United Nations Human Rights Due Diligence Policy, “to launch the process of reviewing its support to FARDC units suspected of being involved in these incidents.”

The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the “DRC to bring the perpetrators of these reported acts to justice and underlines that mistreatment of detainees is a violation of human rights and international humanitarian law.”

Ban also urged the parties to “exercise restraint and reiterate the importance of working within the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework to address the root causes of conflict in the DRC.”

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