UN chief concerned over reports of alleged mistreatment of M23 detainees

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern over reports of alleged mistreatment of M23 detainees and desecration of corpses of M23 combatants by the Congolese armed forces.

A statement from the Spokespersons' office says the Secretary-General calls on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to bring the perpetrators of these reported acts to justice and underlines that mistreatment of detainees is a violation of human rights and international humanitarian law.

The Secretary-General urges the parties to exercise restraint and reiterates the importance of working within the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework to address the root causes of conflict in the DRC.

The statement says the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has raised this matter at the highest level with the FARDC (Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo) and welcomes steps by the Congolese army to investigate these claims and to hold the perpetrators of these acts accountable.

It concludes that in line with the United Nations Human Rights Due Diligence Policy, MONUSCO has launched the process of reviewing its support to FARDC units suspected of being involved in these incidents.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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