Over 50 youth killed by police in Congo: Human Rights Watch
Nov 18: A report released by Human Rights Watch on Tuesday, states that the Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 51 youngsters and are behind the disappearances of more than 33 people during a police operation, ‘Operation Likofi,’, which lasted from November 2013 to February 2014, targeted alleged gang members in Congo’s capital, Kinshasa.
According to the report, “Operation Likofi: Police Killings and Enforced Disappearances in Kinshasa,” masked police officers dragged suspected culprits out of their homes at night and executed them. The police shot their unarmed hostages. The report also states that the police shot and killed unarmed young men and boys outside their homes, in the open markets where they slept or worked, and in nearby fields or empty lots. Many others were taken without warrants to unknown locations and forcibly disappeared.
“Operation Likofi was a brutal police campaign that left a trail of cold-blooded murders in the Congolese capital,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. Before adding, “Fighting crime by committing crime does not build the rule of law but only reinforces a climate of fear. The Congolese authorities should investigate the killings, starting with the commander in charge of the operation, and bring to justice those responsible.”
According to him, Human Rights Watch conducted interviews in Kinshasa with 107 witnesses, family members of victims, police officers who participated in Operation Likofi, government officials, and others to compile the report.
The Oslo Times