DR Congo violence prompts investigation

June 17, 2008 at 5:43 PM
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KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, June 17 (UPI) -- Violent clashes between a rebel group and Democratic Republic of the Congo government forces has led to allegations of massive human rights abuses.

A recent report by a U.N. team sent to the DR Congo found alleged human rights violations were committed in the country's Bas Congo province between the government national police force and the armed rebel group Bundu Dia Kongo. As a result, the United Nations is calling for a criminal investigation, the United Nations reported.

The U.N. officials estimate that as many as 100 people were killed during the clashes. Officials also allege that DR Congo police were responsible for "the destruction of more than 200 buildings -- including churches, houses of BDK members as well as houses of civilians with no links to the BDK -- in several Bas Congo villages, as well as the looting of many houses in the province," the release said.

The report also said the approximately 150 BDK members arrested may have been subjected to torture.

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