DRC – 11 June 2015

Activists in new call to DRC to exhume mass grave
Human Rights Watch appealed on Monday to authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to exhume a mass grave near the capital Kinshasa that contains hundreds of corpses.
“Congolese authorities have yet to provide clarity about who is buried there,” said Ida Sawyer, senior Africa researcher at HRW, which became the latest organisation to call for action.

Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski Travels to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo
Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo June 1-4. The Assistant Secretary met with government officials from both countries and raised the importance of credible, timely elections that respect existing constitutional provisions, including provisions on term limits. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo he raised the critical importance of conducting transparent government investigations when security forces are accused of human rights abuses, as well as the need to differentiate between peaceful expression and violent action. On June 4, the Assistant Secretary delivered remarks at an inaugural event in Kinshasa for the African Center for Justice, a U.S.-funded regional judicial training initiative focused on building the capacity of independent judiciaries in the DRC, ROC, Burundi, and Rwanda.
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DRC arrests ‘leader’ of Goma airport attack
Soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo have captured the man suspected of being behind a deadly attack this week on the largest airport in the east of the country, the government’s spokesperson said on Wednesday.
At least four soldiers and three suspected assailants were killed in the gun attack at Goma airport on Tuesday that military and diplomatic sources said was the work of ethnic Mai-Mai fighters.