43 killed during anti-UN demonstrations in DRC


The UN reported Friday that 43 people died during anti-UN protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Soldiers in Goma interfered with demonstrators protesting against UN peacekeeping missions, resulting 56 injuries and 222 arrests. Peacekeeping replaced the previous operation, which was launched in July 2010. Ravina Shamdasani is a spokesperson for the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights. She condemned the violence that took place during the protests. She said that the UN was “extremely concerned” by the death toll. Shamdasani expressed concern about the protection of human rights for those arrested. The rights of those who have been arrested, including their right to due process, must be respected. . . Authorities must facilitate the right to peaceful assembly. The authorities must facilitate the right of peaceful assembly. The UN has called for an investigation that is “thorough and effective” and focuses on the use force by security forces. The UN stated, “Those responsible for violations must be held to account, regardless of their affiliation.” The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk specifically called for all future policing of public assemblies adheres to human rights standards.

Armed conflict has simmered for three decades across the DRC, predominately brought about by the resurgence of the rebel group M23 who captured large amounts of territories in 2021. The situation in the DRC remains volatile, despite UN peacekeepers being deployed for two years. There are currently 5.1 million people internally displaced in the eastern part of the country. UN activities in DRC are one of the biggest peacekeeping missions around the globe at this time.