Killings and violence targeting ethnic group in DR Congo 'may amount to crimes against humanity'

UN News


The targeting of the Hammock community with violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC including killings and rape may amount to crimes against humanity the UN said on Friday an investigation carried out by the US joint human rights office in the DRC found that between December twenty seventeenth and September last year. At least seven hundred one people had been killed and one hundred sixty eight injured following attacks involving the hammer and lend you communities in the country's northeast in addition at least one hundred forty thirty two people have been subjected to acts of sexual violence. The report said most of them members of the Ham community since September twenty eighteen Lendu armed groups have been increasingly organized in carrying out attacks against the hammer and members of other ethnic groups such as the allure according to the investigators among their objectives. The Lendu aim to take control of Hammock. Communities Land and associated resources added the investigators indicators the report documents numerous cases of women being raped of children some in school uniforms being killed and of looting and burning of villages

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