UN threatens to report the Congolese government to the ICC

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The United Nations Human Rights office made the announcement of the newly-found graves while accusing the Congolese government of killing dozens of people.

The U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said his investigators had gathered reports that implicated government troops. He said Congolese soldiers had dug the mass graves following fighting in the country’s central Kasai region in March.

According to Zeid DRC troops killed at least 74 people, including 30 children. He further gave details of a separate incident in Kananga where soldiers had allegedly gone door to door raping women and children, and killing at least 40 people.

Zeid said the discovery of new mass graves and the reports of continued violations “highlight the horror that has been unfolding in the Kasais over the last nine months.”

The United Nations is therefore warning the government that unless it conducts a thorough, impartial investigation the UN would report the country to the International Criminal Court.

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government has said it will investigate, but only once it has seen the UN’s evidence. So far it has denied all abuse allegations. And the UN says it has failed to start inquiries into previous mass grave finds.

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