The people behind a massacre that left at least 535 villagers dead in Congo in December must be brought to justice, UN Rights Chief, Michelle Bachelet, said on Tuesday.
Bachelet’s UN Human Rights Office issued a report on the attacks,
The report warned that the level of tensions and resentment between the Banunu and the Batende communities remains high and could lead to new violence “at any time.’’
UN High Commissioner Bachelet urged Congo’s government to start a truth and reconciliation process to prevent further violence.
She also offered her office’s services in bringing the perpetrators to justice.
The report’s death toll was lower than the 890 victims that the UN office initially estimated in January.
But UN rights investigators said in their new report that there
Existing tensions between the Banunu and Batende communities
During the attacks, Batende villagers used hunting rifles, machetes, bows and arrows, and gasoline to target fleeing Banunu people, the
They heard reports of a 2-year-old child, who was thrown into a
Other people were burnt alive in their homes.
“In some cases, the attackers mutilated the bodies of their victims, cutting off heads, limbs and genitals,” the UN Human Rights Office said.
Many sources told the UN investigators that Batende chiefs were involved in planning the attacks.