approved http://davepoulin.ca/wp-content/themes/divi/includes/social_icons.php geneva; font-size: small;”>The pictures, which show DRC soldiers beating up an unarmed man as he screams for help as others make fun of corpses, compelled United Nations to review its support to FARDC.
“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about reports of alleged mistreatment of M23 detainees and desecration of corpses of M23 combatants by the Congolese armed forces,” said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s publicist on Wednesday.
The matter was raised by MONUSCO “at the highest level with the FARDC.”
A suspected M23 spy being mistreated by DRC soldiers as area residents (in background) look on in shock
“In line with the United Nations Human Rights Due Diligence Policy, MONUSCO has launched the process of reviewing its support to FARDC units suspected of being involved in these incidents,” the UN statement read in part.
“The Secretary-General calls 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.”
Several M23 fighters were arrested during a FARDC military operation in Kanyarucinya and other parts around Goma early this week before being subjected to unprecedented torture.
The gross abuse of human rights by DRC army have not been a matter of concern to international human rights groups but also sparked off the M23 rebellion in April 2012.
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.”
DRC troops pose for pictures as they desecrate the corpse of a suspected M23 rebel
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.”
A suspected rebel being forcefully led away after being captured by FARDC soldiers