The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday reported a surge in summary “executions” in the country, notably in the southern Kasai region.
In 2017, “state agents” carried out 1,176 extra-judicial killings, “including at least 89 women and 213 children,” the United Nations Mission in Congo (MONUSCO) said in an annual report on human rights violations in the DRC.
Such killings have tripled over the past two years, MONUSCO said, adding that it condemned the increase.
The armed forces accounted for nearly two-thirds — 64 percent — of extra-judicial killings by state agents, it said.
Across the country, a total of 6,497 violations and abuses — committed not just by state agents but also by armed groups — were recorded in 2017.
This was a rise of more than 25 percent over 2016, which itself saw a 30 percent rise over 2015.
A sprawling, mineral-rich country in central Africa, the DRC is in the grip of several conflicts, including political and ethnic unrest as well as violence by militia groups.