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United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) reported today that soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have killed at least 101 people during clashes with members of a local militia between 9 and 13 February. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / DRC HUMAN RIGHTS
TRT: 1:29
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATTS

DATELINE: 14 FEBRUARY 2017 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Liz Throssell, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The clashes are reported to have taken place in the territory of Dibaya in Kasai Central Province between the armed forces - the FARDC - and members of the Kamuina Nsapu militia, who are loyal to a local chief killed by the army on 12 August last year. Much of the latest violence is said to have happened in and around the town of Tshimbulu. ”
4. Close up, journalist
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Liz Throssell, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“According to information from several sources, FARDC soldiers opened fire indiscriminately with machine guns when they saw the militia fighters, who were armed mainly with machetes and spears. Some 39 women are reported to have been caught in the fire and are among the dead.”
6. Medium shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Liz Throssell, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We condemn any excessive use of force and call on the FARDC soldiers to abide by acceptable standards of national law and international human rights law in their responses, in particular to exercise restraint and to use force only when necessary and proportionate to the threat”.
8. Close up, journalist
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Liz Throssell, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We condemn the militia’s practice of recruiting children into its ranks and also its targeting of state symbols and institutions, such as government buildings, police stations and churches.”
10. Wide shot, journalists

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United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) reported today that soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have killed at least 101 people during clashes with members of a local militia between 9 and 13 February.

Liz Throssell, a spokesperson for OHCHR told reporters in Geneva today (14 Feb) “the clashes are reported to have taken place in the territory of Dibaya in Kasai Central Province between the armed forces - the FARDC - and members of the Kamuina Nsapu militia, who are loyal to a local chief killed by the army on 12 August last year.”

Throssell added in “according to information from several sources, FARDC soldiers opened fire indiscriminately with machine guns when they saw the militia fighters, who were armed mainly with machetes and spears. Some 39 women are reported to have been caught in the fire and are among the dead.”

The OHCHR “condemns any excessive use of force and call on the FARDC soldiers to abide by acceptable standards of national law and international human rights law in their responses” as well as to “exercise restraint and to use force only when necessary and proportionate to the threat.”

The Kamuina Nsapu militia is named after a customary chief who was killed by the FARDC in August 2016.

The UN human rights office also “condemns the militia’s practice of recruiting children into its ranks and also its targeting of state symbols and institutions, such as government buildings, police stations and churches.”

The UN Joint Human Rights Office is seeking to verify the exact number of victims and calls for a full and independent investigation into this latest violence. Since August OHCHR has been documenting atrocities by both sides and offers its support to the authorities to investigate serious human rights violations and abuses committed in the context of the ongoing conflict in Kasai Central both by the FARDC and the militia.

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