UN calls for prosecution of human rights abuses in DR Congo

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Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Serious violations of human rights were committed by the security forces against civilians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo capital, Kinshasa, between November 2013 and February this year.

In a report released on Wednesday, the United Nations says that during what was called Operation "Likofi" there were summary and extrajudicial executions as well as enforced disappearances.

The report is based on investigations conducted by the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

According to the report there were at least nine civilian deaths and more than 30 enforced disappearances at the hands of agents of the Congolese National Police during Operation "Likofi"

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has said that he is appalled by the gravity of the human rights violations documented in the report.

He has called on the Congolese authorities to bring to justice without delay the perpetrators of these violations.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1'18"

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