Discovery of mass graves highlights bloody scramble for Congo’s resources

Haywood, Eddie

Publisher:  World Socialist Web Site
Date Written:  27/04/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20657

Last week, a team with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights together with personnel from the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) discovered scores of mass graves in Kasai Province, a south central region of the Congo currently wracked by bloody conflict between the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and Kamuina Nsapu, a local tribal militia.



According to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 17 mass graves were discovered in early April in Kasai, which had been the location of recent clashes between the militia and FARDC. These discoveries follow the unearthing of several mass graves found in March.

Speaking to the media, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said, "The discovery of yet more mass graves and the reports of continued violations and abuses highlight the horror that has been unfolding in the Kasai [Province] over the last nine months."

The UN High Commission has declared that the human rights violations could be referred to the International Criminal Court for further investigation.

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