Democratic Republic of Congo - Situation in the Kasai region (20 February 2017)

France expresses its serious concern following the broadcast on the Internet of a video showing alleged members of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s armed forces carrying out extrajudicial executions of civilians, including women and children, in the Kasai region.

We urge the Congolese authorities to shed light as swiftly as possible on these unacceptable activities and identify those responsible, who will have to be held accountable for their actions.

France condemns the bloody violence which has rocked the Kasai region for several months. It calls on the Congolese authorities and security forces to shoulder their primary responsibility to protect civilians, fully respecting human rights.

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