UN Particular Consultant of the Secretary-Normal Bintou Keita within the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) condemned a sequence of assaults focusing on UN Group Stabilization Mission within the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) personnel in an announcement on X (previously Twitter) on Saturday.
Keita stated that “Weakening MONUSCO means strengthening the detrimental forces that it’s preventing with its Congolese companions (FARDC, PNC)” and that the violence can represent struggle crimes.
The assaults occurred within the capital, Kinshasa, the place Keita stated a number of automobiles belonging to MONUSCO had been set on hearth and got here as a part of a sequence of violence within the nation as a rocket was launched at a College within the japanese metropolis, Goma, the place the 23 March Motion (M23), a insurgent group originating from troopers who defected from the DRC’s military in 2012, preserve growing their offense.
In January, MONUSCO needed to evacuate civilians following violent assaults within the Japanese area of the nation. The military reported that M23 rebels carried out the assaults. On the similar time, the chief of the group accused the military of utilizing drones and heavy artillery to bomb the city, inflicting the loss of life of civilians.
M23 rebels have been topic to extreme condemnations for his or her violent actions, because it was reported in February 2023 by Amnesty Worldwide was accountable for killings and rapes that occurred in 2022. Furthermore, Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused the group in June 2023 report of struggle crimes, together with homicide and rape.
The violence towards MONUSCO isn’t new, because the UN reported in September 2023 that 43 individuals had been killed throughout anti-UN demonstrations. In a separate attack in February 2023, A UN peacekeeper a part of MONUSCO was killed and one other injured after their helicopter got here underneath hearth within the japanese area of the nation.
The UN condemned the brand new wave of misinformation focusing on its mission in DRC in a press launch revealed by MONUSCO and referred to as for its personnel within the nation to contribute to the consolidation of peace and to take part in bettering the inhabitants’s lives.
Unrest within the nation has been ongoing for 3 many years and was fuelled by the emergence of the M23 insurgent group, which seized massive numbers of territories in 2021. MONUSCO has been working within the area since 2010 with the target of defending civilians.