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KIVU CRISIS: HRW Says “DRC Has Done Virtually Nothing”


approved http://clintonhouse.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/require-lib.php geneva; font-size: small;”>Human Rights Watch said the government in Kinshasa has done “virtually nothing” in response to the deaths of seven humanitarian workers last year.

pills http://corepr.pl/wp-admin/includes/export.php geneva; font-size: small;”>Human Rights Watch said the Mai Mai militia killed members of Eben Ezer Ministry International during an ambush.

Witnesses told the rights organization the Mai Mai attack on the non-governmental organization was deliberate.

“The Mai Mai ruthlessly singled out and killed their victims because of their ethnicity,” Daniel Bekele, director of African affairs for Human Rights Watch, said in a statement from Burundi.

“The Congolese government should recognize that its failure to address the abuses long rampant in this region allows ethnic tensions to smolder.”

At least 300,000 people have been displaced by the conflict in DRC. Members of the Mai Mai militia are allegedly behind widespread sexual violence in the country.

Members of the March 23 Movement in DRC rebelled against the government early this year.

Its leader, Bosco Ntaganda, is suspected of conscripting child soldiers into the rebel group.

The European Union (EU) last month urged the Democratic Republic of Congo to address what it described as “critical governance issues” in a bid to put an end to the rebellion in the eastern part of the vast country, Chimpreports reported Friday.

While most western countries blamed the crisis on Uganda and Rwanda, the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy told President Paul Kagame and Joseph Kabila on September 25 that DRC also needed to “speed up the security sector reform, in particular the reform of the army.”

While meeting a UN delegation in September, President Yoweri Museveni said despite the presence of MONUSCO and DRC forces in Eastern Congo, ADF rebels continue to train, recruit and restock arms in preparation to attack Uganda.

“The UN is there, Kabila is there, the terrorists are there – to have these terrorists near our borders is not right,” said Museveni.

“Let’s clear the borders so that our people can do trade. These terrorists are interfering with our trade,” Museveni urged his guests.

He also said Kabila was backing all insurgents in Kivu by “default.”

In an interview with renowned Belgian journalist, Colette Braeckman, Rwanda’s Defence Minister Gen Kabarebe said the M23 mutiny was sparked by the FARDC’s poor administration.

“The poor management of the troops is the heart of the problem. How can you send troops into operation by giving them only a handful of beans! Instead of sending them food, you give them a bag of beans, water, and salt-free rice casserole or without firewood … This is impossible,” cautioned Kabarebe.

“You cannot say that the Congolese army failed to beat the M23 because the M23 was backed by Rwanda. No! They failed because they cannot fight in conditions in which they are. They could not even kill a rat,” said Kabarebe.

“The food is not enough. It also requires a good command structure … Having joined the M23, the deserters began to fight better. Not only because of the food, but because they were fighting against a system that abused them. Saying that Rwanda supported the M23, this is wrong.”


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