DRC must answer for violence-Human Rights Watch

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By Robert Mugabe

BUJUMBURA, Burundi-Human Rights Watch said the neglect for justice in Democratic Republic of Congo means ethnic tensions in the country are left to “smolder.”

Human Rights Watch said the government in Kinshasa has done “virtually nothing” in response to the deaths of seven humanitarian workers last year. 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.

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