Killings in eastern Congo may amount to crimes against humanity – UN

Killings, rapes and other violence committed by an ethnic armed group in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo against a rival group may amount to crimes against humanity and possibly even genocide, the United Nations said on Friday.

The attacks in mineral-rich Ituri province have mostly targeted Hema herders, who have long been in conflict with Lendu farmers over grazing rights and political representation.

Since September 2018, Lendu armed groups have increasingly become more organised in carrying out attacks against the Hema and members of other ethnic groups such as the Alur, the UN human rights office said in a report on its investigation.

Army and police forces have failed to stop the violence, it said, calling on Congolese authorities to address the root causes of the conflict.

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