At least 739 civilians killed by armed groups and the Army in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since May

KINSHASA.- Army of the Democratic Republic of the Congo killed at least 37 civilians and armed groups another 672 in the two provinces of Ituri and North Kivu since May, when a state of siege was established that is not being effective, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

The Congolese government may recognize the need for more security in Ituri and North Kivu, but the state of siege has not achieved that goal, “said Thomas Fessy, a DRC researcher at HRW, in a statement released today.

The organization denounced this Wednesday that, according to the latest data collected by the security monitoring tool Kivu Security Tracker, the establishment of a Site status and a military administration have failed to end the violence that has plagued that area for years.

Unsuccessful strategy

In this sense, the Congolese national deputy Jean-Baptiste Kasekwa denounced last week in a report sent to the National Assembly (Lower House) and the Senate (Upper House) of the country death of 596 civilians in those two provinces since May 6, when the state of siege was imposed.

“The strategy implemented by the Congolese government has not been successful,” the parliamentarian assured Efe and confirmed that “596 civilians died during this time, an average of 5 people per day, with a maximum of 7 people killed per day in the first month of the state of siege “.

According to the report presented by Kasekwa, in 2018 914 civilians were killed; in 2019, 1,070 civilians; and in 2020, a total of 1,569.

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