With this Report, ACAT DRC North-Kivu Branch and FIACAT wish to bring their concerns before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights regarding cases of torture, summary execution, illegal detention and threats against human rights defenders in North-Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the second quater of 2012.
The security situation in North-Kivu Province has greatly deteriorated since clashes broke out between the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) and the many militia groups in North-Kivu, especially involving the rebels from the Goma Agreement Movement of 23 March, known as M23. Many acts of torture have been perpetrated together with other human rights violations.
These clashes were especially intense in the Masisi and Rutshuru territories where General Bosco Ntaganda is being tracked, as he is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Alongside these conflicts, there are countless instances of human rights violations against the civil population in these areas. ACAT DRC has documented torture, illegal arrests, rapes, kidnappings, murders and house burnings that cause massive shifts in the population. The Rutshuru territory has been the worst affected by the atrocities; more than 250,000 people have been displaced since May 2012.
It is almost impossible for victims to report their ordeals due to the continuing instability throughout the province and the internally displaced populations.