International inquiry into DR Congo massacres sought


The top United Nations human rights official called for the establishment of an international investigation into massacres and other crimes committed in Kasai province of the Democratic Republic of Congo where at least 42 mass graves have been found.

In a statement, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein urged the UN Human Rights Council, which is in session until June 23, to act as the government “response to date falls short”. Zeid had given the Kinshasa government a June 8 deadline to agree to jointly investigate.

Hundreds of people have been killed and more than a million displaced in central Congo since fighting broke out last August between a local militia and government forces, the United Nations said.