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UN To Publicly Try Blue Helmets Who Murdered Civilians In DR Congo

The recent murders are coming on the heels of protests against UN blue helmets across DR Congo over allegations of impropriety and civilian murders.

The United Nations has said it is working towards a public trial for the UN peacekeepers who, Sunday, July 31, 2022, killed two civilians in Kasindi, at the border with Uganda in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to UN sources, a tribunal from Tanzania would be deployed on DR Congo territory to organise the trial in front of relatives of the deceased. Normally, the tribunal would be held in Kasindi or Beni, the UN sources told HumAngle.

The Tanzanian soldiers suspected to have participated in the killings are under arrest in their camp, awaiting the initiation of judicial procedures.

Yesterday, the DR Congo President, Felix Tshisekedi, shared his displeasure with the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a meeting, mentioning the need to ensure those guilty are severely sanctioned.

Pressure continues to mount against the presence of blue helmets in DR Congo, as 36 persons were killed last week in a protest against UN peacekeeping forces in eastern DR Congo, according to a report by Daniel Aselo Okito, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Security, Decentralisation and Customary Affairs.

After his mission to the eastern DR Congo last weekend, the minister discovered that thirteen persons were killed in Goma, thirteen in Butembo, including four UN soldiers, four in Uvira, three in Kanyabayonga and three in Kasindi.

The minister presented these figures during a crisis meeting organised at the African Union quarters by President Felix Tshisekedi with the National Assembly and Senate presidents, the Prime Minister, and members of the special government commission in North Kivu.


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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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