facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

DRC force unit troubles rights group

March 28, 2013 at 9:48 AM   |   Comments

PARIS, March 28 (UPI) -- The United Nations needs to ensure human rights are protected if it decides to go ahead with a special peacekeeping unit in DRC, human rights groups said.

The U.N. Security Council is considering a special unit within the peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, known by its French initials MONUSCO, that would take on a combat role.

Souhayr Belhassen, president of the International Federation for Human Rights, said rights groups were concerned by the so-called intervention brigade.

"The incorporation of such an offensive military force into a U.N. mission would mark an unprecedented change to the traditional United Nations peacekeeping model and require stronger human rights protection's mechanisms to avoid increased harm to civilians," she said in a statement.

The rebel March 23 Movement seized control over parts of eastern DRC last year. Former M23 leader Bosco Ntaganda surrendered to the International Criminal Court last week, where he's the subject of two arrest warrants for war crimes committed in DRC.

MONUSCO said it handed more than 200 rebel fighters over to the Congolese government this week. Belhassen said the intervention force may raise the risk of retaliatory attacks by rebels.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Syrian Al Qaida group executes Lebanese soldier Syrian Al Qaida group executes Lebanese soldier
2
Kentucky firefighter injured in ice bucket challenge dies Kentucky firefighter injured in ice bucket challenge dies
3
White House intruder had a knife White House intruder had a knife
4
Sister shoots and kills brother to protect father Sister shoots and kills brother to protect father
5
New York buses will feature anti-Islam ads depicting James Foley New York buses will feature anti-Islam ads depicting James Foley
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback