A drop in cases of human rights violations in DRC

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Kinshasa, September 5th, 2022 (CPA).- The United Nations Joint Office (UNJHRO), recently noted during the regional forum on the fight against hate speech in Central Africa, organized in Kinshasa, of a decrease 371 violations and abuses of human rights, during the month of July of the current year, learned on Monday CPA of this international organization. For the representative of this office, Abdoul Aziz Thioye, this figure represents a reduction of 25% compared to June 2022, when 475 violations were recorded.

“This reduction reflects the decrease in both violations attributable mainly to state agents. On the judicial level, UNJHRO will continue to support the Congolese authorities in the fight against impunity for human rights violations and abuses”, he explained.

In the territories affected by the conflicts, he continues, 314 human rights violations and abuses committed by all parties were documented in July 2022, with a total of 701 victims, including at least 200 civilian, 140 men, 27 women and 33 children victims of summary and extrajudicial executions. Armed groups are the main culprits with 75% of documented abuses in these conflict affected territories, the report says. The same document indicates that the attacks perpetrated by the various Mai Mai groups and CODECO combatants have, however, increased significantly. Those attributable to members of ADF decreased in Nord Kivu but increased considerably in Ituri, compared to the previous month. Cases of conflict related to sexual violence against adult victims documented in July, Representative Abdoul Aziz Thioye noted, have increased from the previous month. UNJHRO recorded at least 58 adult victims during the month under review, against 27 in May, he said, indicating that this increase is mainly linked to the number of cases committed in April and May, and documented in the recent investigations