Congo’s police executions – no justice for 51 victims

Martin Plaut

Gen. Célestin Kanyama, the primary commander of Operation Likofi Gen. Célestin Kanyama, senior commander of Operation Likofi

It’s a familiar story around the world: gangs of youths target poor slum dwellers. The police mount a major operation – but with little or no evidence haul in anyone they can find. In Kinshasa it took a deadly twist: 51 youths were summarily executed. A year later, despite promises of justice, there is no sign that any of the senior police officers have been prosecuted.

This report by Human Rights Watch has just been released.

DR Congo: Police Operation Kills 51 Youth
Suspend Commander of Anti-Crime Campaign Pending Investigation

(Kinshasa, November 18, 2014) – Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo summarily killed at least 51 youth and forcibly disappeared 33 others during an anti-crime campaign that began a year ago, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. “Operation Likofi,” which lasted from November 2013 to February 2014, targeted…

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Kasaï-Oriental: près de 3000 policiers ne sont pas payés depuis 8 mois

How can the population be protected when the one that are supposed to protect them are not taken care of?..

Congolese Action Youth Platform

policier

Près de trois mille policiers du Kasaï-Oriental se plaignent de n’avoir touché, depuis huit mois, leurs salaires. L’un d’eux qui a requis l’anonymat a déploré cette situation dans un entretien à Radio Okapi :«Une délégation était venue de Kinshasa depuis le 23 mars 2011 pour nous contrôler. Nous disposons des cartes de contrôle. Arrivés en octobre de la même année, nos noms figuraient sur les listings, mais les chefs nous disaient d’attendre février 2012. En Février, nos noms disparaissent des listings, jusqu’à ce jour, on ne reçoit rien. Il y a des majors, des capitaines, des lieutenants et autres, qu’on fasse quoi ?»

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