DR Congo government recruited rebels for deadly crackdown on protests – HRW
Monday December 4 2017
Demonstrators at an opposition rally in Kinshasa on September 19, 2016 demand that President Joseph Kabila step down. PHOTO | AFP
Human Rights Watch said President Joseph Kabila's regime had drafted in fighters previously active in the M23 rebel group from Uganda and Rwanda to suppress the December 2016 demonstrations, which erupted when he refused to step down at the end of his term in power.
Congo's resource-rich eastern provinces have suffered years of brutal conflict, with neighbouring states backing rebel groups in a civil war against Kinshasa's authority, and roaming armed militia triggering the mass flight of terrorised civilians.