DR Congo: Bodies of Two UN Experts Found
Update March 28, 2017: The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, MONUSCO, confirmed on March 28, 2017, that the bodies of Zaida Catalán, a Swede, and Michael Sharp, an American, were found by UN peacekeepers near Bunkonde in Kasai Central province on March 27.
The two members of the UN Group of Experts on Congo had been reported missing, along with their Congolese interpreter, Betu Tshintela, a motorbike driver, Isaac Kabuayi, and two unidentified motorbike drivers, on March 12, while investigating large-scale human rights violations in the region. The UN reported that efforts continue to find the team's Congolese members.
The following quote can be attributed to Ida Sawyer, Central Africa director at Human Rights Watch:
"We express our deepest condolences to the families, colleagues, and friends of Michael and Zaida, w
DR Congo: Ensure Justice for Killings in the Kasais
(Kinshasa) – Democratic Republic of Congo authorities should fully and impartially investigate killings by alleged Congolese army soldiers in the central Kasai area, Human Rights Watch said today. A video posted on the internet on February 17, 2017, shows men in Congolese army uniforms fatally shooting at least 13 alleged militia members, some of whom are carrying sticks and slingshots.
DR Congo: No Word on Missing UN Team
(Kinshasa) – The Democratic Republic of Congo government should fully cooperate with United Nations efforts to locate a UN Group of Experts team that has been missing since March 12, 2017, in Kasai Central province, Human Rights Watch said today.
DR Congo: US Imposes Sanctions on 2 Officials
(Washington, DC, September 28, 2016) – The United States government on September 28, 2016, imposed targeted sanctions against two senior security force officers in the Democratic Republic of Congo who have long been implicated in serious abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. The officials are Gabriel Amisi (known as "Tango Four"), army commander of the country's western region, and John Numbi, a former national police inspector.
"The US announcement of targeted sanctions against two senior Congolese security force officers sends a powerful message that there are consequences for the government's violent repression of political demonstrations and other serious abuses," said Ida Sawyer, senio