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ICC prosecutor arrives in Kinshasa to probe alleged deadly violence

Democratic Republic Of Congo

<p>The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on Tuesday arrived in Kinshasa to begin probe into allegations of deadly violence.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">ICC</span> said, the visit follows requests into crimes against humanity in this Central African nation.</p> <p>Bensouda is scheduled to meet with government officials and judicial institutions, and address a press conference on Thursday.</p> <p>In January, an European Parliament resolution urged the <span class="caps">ICC</span> and the UN to investigate allegations of crimes against humanity in the Kasai region.</p> <p>In March, the Congolese citizen movement also asked the <span class="caps">ICC</span> to investigate repression of peaceful demonstrations.</p> <p>A total of 16 people have been killed since December last year in the repression of three marches by a collective of the Catholic Church in the country. </p> <p>The protesters were asking President Joseph Kabila to publicly declare that he would leave power.</p> <p>Elections are scheduled for December 23 in the <span class="caps">DRC</span> for the departure of President Kabila, who is still in power despite his second and final term ending on 20 December, 2016.</p> <p>The opposition was able to gather at a meeting a week ago for the first time since September 2016.</p> <p>On Tuesday, several activists of the pro-democracy movement Fight for Change were arrested as they wanted to demonstrate in eastern Goma. Two leaders, Fred Bauma and Rebecca Kavugho, were later released.</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">AFP</span></strong></p>
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