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World DRC: new outbreak of violence in Ituri

07:05  04 july  2020
07:05  04 july  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Des casques bleus de la Monusco patrouillent les rues du territoire de Djugu, dans la province d'Ituri, au centre de violences intercommunautaires, le 13 mars 2020. © SAMIR TOUNSI / AFP Monusco peacekeepers patrol the streets of Djugu territory, in the province of Ituri, at the center of intercommunal violence, on March 13, 2020.

Le The United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) reported this week an increase in cases of human rights violations in Ituri province. As in the previous month, armed groups are the main culprits for the documented violations. Military reinforcements have been sent to this province under several types of threats.

With our correspondent in Kinshasa, Patient Ligodi

One of the main threats comes from Aru territory. Since April, at least seven South Sudanese army incursions have been documented by the DRC Armed Forces. Officially, the South Sudanese soldiers chase the rebels of this country on Congolese territory. Scenes of looting and burning of houses have been reported by several sources in this area.

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Military reinforcements have arrived in Aru in order to erect a shield along the border. In this regard, the Defense Committee of the National Assembly recommended this week to the government to strengthen the deterrent capacity of the FARDC by the creation of a special unit responsible for border protection.

In Irumu territory, joint operations have been carried out with the soldiers installed in the neighboring province of North Kivu for a week, with the aim of fighting against the activism of local Mayi-Mayi militiamen. The other challenge remains the repeated incursions of ADF fighters from Beni territory. There are also the territories of Mahagi and Djugu, where the army is facing various attacks against civilians carried out by CODECO militiamen.

In addition to military action, the government is counting on awareness-raising to demobilize local combatants. A delegation of former rebel leaders, officers from Ituri, arrived this week to speed up the process.

Violence in Ituri in the DRC: who are the dignitaries sent by Kinshasa? .
© SAMIR TOUNSI / AFP Monusco peacekeepers patrol the streets of the territory of Djugu, in the province of Ituri, at the center of intercommunal violence, on March 13, 2020. Following the renewed violence in the province of l 'Ituri, in recent weeks, President Félix Tshisekedi has delegated a mission of dignitaries. The goal is to educate commanders of the Codeco militia to lay down their arms. A delegation of former warlords, who have sometimes had to deal with international justice.

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