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The Human Rights component of the United Nations Peace keeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has begun conducting investigations into massacres that took place in early February in North Kivu province - where at least 70 people were reported killed and more than 200 houses burnt. OHCHR
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STORY: DRC / NORTH KIVU MASSACRES
TRT: 2.13
SOURCE: OHCHR / MONUSCO
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 20 FEBRUARY 2014, KINSHASA, DRC – FILE, RECENT, GOMA, EASTERN DRC

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1. Close up, tracking, UN attack helicopter
2. Various shots, Eastern DRC

20 FEBRUARY 2014, KINSHASA, DRC

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Scott Campbell, Head of the UN Joint Human Rights Office in the Democratic Republic of Congo:
“In this villages unfortunately, there is a very large number of killings the original allegations we received were upto 70 people killed over about an 11 day period, so far our investigators have been able to confirm 30 cases of individuals killed, these includes minors and women. They have also been able to confirm at least 40 people having been abducted by the various armed groups involved and over 200 houses burnt.”

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4. Aerial shots, Eastern DRC

20 FEBRUARY 2014, KINSHASA, DRC

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Scott Campbell, Head of the UN Joint Human Rights Office in the Democratic Republic of Congo:
“What we seek to do is find the truth, separate fact from fiction and use those facts to press the national authorities to better protect their population.”

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6. Various shots, Goma streets

20 FEBRUARY 2014, KINSHASA, DRC

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Scott Campbell, Head of the UN Joint Human Rights Office in the Democratic Republic of Congo:
“In methodically and carefully documenting what took place we can use that information to put public pressure and private pressure on authorities to take action and make sure that those responsible are held to account.”

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8. Various shots, Goma streets

20 FEBRUARY 2014, KINSHASA, DRC

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Scott Campbell, Head of the UN Joint Human Rights Office in the Democratic Republic of Congo:
“Ultimately, this investigation like any UN human rights investigation in a peace keeping setting serves to build the peace.” We are investigating so that ultimately so that we can prevent violence and assist the country in stabilizing.”

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10. Various shots, Goma streets

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The Human Rights component of the United Nations Peace keeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has begun conducting investigations into massacres that took place in early February in North Kivu province - where at least 70 people were reported killed and more than 200 houses burnt.

“In this villages unfortunately, there is a very large number of killings. The original allegations we received were up to 70 people killed over about an 11 day period, so far our investigators have been able to confirm 30 cases of individuals killed, these includes minors and women. They have also been able to confirm at least 40 people having been abducted by the various armed groups involved and over 200 houses burnt. “ - said Scott Campbell the head of the UN Human Rights Joint Human Rights office in Monusco .

The human rights investigators will also document cases of physical abuse and sexual violence. The investigators however face various challenges including access of the vastness of the area.

Campbell said: “What we seek to do is find the truth, separate fact from fiction and use those facts to press the national authorities to better protect their population.”

He pointed out that the human rights report will be careful to include only those cases where the team has been able to document following a standard UN methodology on investigation work, which includes obtaining first hand testimony from victims and witnesses.

“In methodically and carefully documenting what took place we can use that information to put public pressure and private pressure on authorities to take action and make sure that those responsible are held to account.” – he added.

The head of the UN Joint Human Rights Office emphasized the importance of bringing to justice perpetrators of atrocities, noting that it serves as deterrents to possible perpetrators from committing similar human rights violations.

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