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127 Civilians Killed In 1 Month In DR Congo Conflict Provinces- UN Report

Despite a prolonged state of siege since May 2021, deaths and abuses are still prevalent in eastern DR Congo.

At least 127 civilians were killed in July, 2021 in the Democratic Republic of Congo provinces affected by conflicts.

Twenty-nine of the victims, according to a just-released report by the United Nations Joint Bureau on Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo, were women  while eight were infants.

The report indicates that there were 432 human rights violations in the month of July, noting that 89.4 per cent of the crimes were committed in the provinces affected by conflicts in the country.

As compared to June, combatants of the various armed groups in the country were responsible for 57 per cent of the human rights violations committed in the provinces affected by conflicts.

The province where most of the violations were committed is North Kivu with 245 violations, followed by Ituri with 46 violations, South Kivu comes next with 45 violations and Tanganyika province with 37 violations, the report revealed.

The Eastern DR Congo provinces of Ituri and North Kivu have been placed under a state of siege by President Felix Tshisekedi since May 6, 2021.

 


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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