Demand justice for the victims of Beni killings in DRC
Since 2014, hundreds of civilians have been killed in Beni, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Add your voice to end these killings.
At least 682 civilians have lost their lives in the region of Beni despite the deployment of security forces by the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) forces (Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo, FARDC) and United Nations’ forces in the region. Villagers have been killed with machetes, a few by firearms and some burned alive. Others have been mutilated.
The DRC government and the UN Mission to DRC (MONUSCO) have long claimed that a Ugandan armed group called the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) is behind these killings. In 2014, the DRC and UN forces launched a military campaign to “eliminate” the threat posed by the group. While the campaign was portrayed as a success by the FARDC and MONUSCO, violence against civilians hasn’t stopped in the region.
Reports from the UN Group of Experts have pointed to a more complex situation with multiple perpetrators and accomplices. These reports have also alleged the involvement of some FARDC soldiers in the killings as accomplices.
Join us to call for the DRC’s government and MONUSCO to take more effective steps to protect civilians; promptly conduct impartial and thorough investigations on the killings in Beni and bring all those suspected of criminal responsibility for human rights violations or crimes under international law to justice in fair trials before ordinary civilian courts without recourse to death penalty.
Send an urgent message to the DRC President and UN Secretary General to protect civilians in Beni.
Mr. Secretary General of the United Nations,
I the undersigned wish to express my concern about ongoing violence in Beni region (North Kivu) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in which more than 600 people have been killed.
I urge you, the DRC President and UN Secretary General, to take necessary steps to protect civilians in Beni, conduct an impartial investigation intothe killings in Beni and bring all those suspected of criminal responsibility for human rights violations or crimes under international law to justice in fair trials before ordinary civilian courts without recourse to death penalty.