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Congo Faces U.N Deadline of June 8 For Human Rights Probe

Joseph Kabila Kabange, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, seen during an interview with reporters of DER SPIEGEL at his residency in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, May 16, 2017. Mr. Kabila has been overstaying his constitutionally granted two terms in office and has postponed elections that were schedule for the end of 2016. He has not stated if he intends to step down, fueling fears that he wants to cling to power.

Congo has two days to heed U.N. calls to jointly investigate violence in Kasai province, or else it risks having an international human rights inquiry imposed upon it, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said on Tuesday.

“The already dire situation in the Kasai provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to deteriorate, spreading to other provinces and across the border with Angola,” Zeid told the U.N. Human Rights Council.

“Unless I receive appropriate responses from the Government regarding a joint investigation by 8 June, I will insist on the creation of an international investigative mechanism for the Kasais.”

Source: Voice of America

 

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