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According to Bachelet, 1,300 civilians die from violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, mainly in the east, in eight months

June 5, 2020

Over the past eight months, around 1,300 civilians have died as a result of violence between armed groups and security forces, which has primarily plunged the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned has that some of the abuses committed could constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity.

“I am appalled by the increase in brutal attacks by innocent civilians on innocent civilians, and the reaction of the army and security forces, who have also committed serious violations, including murder and sexual violence,” said Bachelet.

According to the UN human rights chief, “It is not only criminal and reprehensible acts, but it also breaks trust between the population and the representatives of the state, both politically and from a security perspective.”

According to Bachelet, 1,300 civilians die from violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, mainly in the east, in eight monthsAccording to Bachelet, 1,300 civilians die from violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, mainly in the east, in eight months

In the Ituri province, violence has spread to new areas in the past few months as armed groups have increased. According to Bachelet’s office, the main group is still CODECO, which consists mainly of members of the Lendu community and which was spun off after its leader, Ngudjolo Duduko Justin, was killed on March 25.