DRC soldiers put on trial after 56 people killed in anti-UN demonstrations

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The soldiers face multiple charges, including crimes against humanity and inciting military personnel to commit acts contrary to their official duties. The soldiers face multiple charges such as crimes against humanity and inciting military personnel to commit acts contrary to their official duties.

Anti-UN demonstrations organized by a religious sect named Wazalendo broke out in Goma last week. Military forces attacked protestors who were opposing the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO), a peacekeeping mission of the UN. FARDC intervention in on trial resulted to the deaths of 56 people, and 75 others were wounded.56As result of this, six soldiers including two senior officers now face charges before a military court in North Kivu. Mike Mikombe is one of the defendants. He is the head of the Republican Guard, an elite group. The court has yet to deliver any convictions. The court is yet to deliver any convictions.

The response of the FARDC to the anti-UN demonstrations has been widely condemned by human rights organizations as well as the UN itself. Human Rights Watch (HRW), described the actions as “callous”, “unlawful”, while UN High Commissioner Ravina Shamdasani expressed her “extreme alarm” at the deaths of protestors. She further stated that “People have a right to express themselves freely and to assemble peacefully, even if in protest at the United Nations.”According to Colonel Michel KachilMONUSCO is one of the largest peacekeeping missions in the world at present. MONUSCO is one of the largest peacekeeping missions in the world at the moment.