Congo Files New Complaint To ICC Against M23 Rebels

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BY REUTERS

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday made another formal referral to the International Criminal Court to ensure the court will focus on the systematic pillaging of its natural resources in eastern Congo by the Rwanda Defence Forces and the M23 rebel group.

The ICC has already had an ongoing investigation into eastern Congo since 2004, and it is unclear if the new referral would shift the court’s focus.

Congo has accused neighboring Rwanda of backing the M23. The government of Rwanda has denied any involvement.

The ICC office of the prosecutor has given no details other than that the focus is on alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed since July 2002 in the Ituri region and the North and South Kivu provinces.

The ICC has convicted three Congolese militia leaders, one of the war crimes, and the others of war crimes, and crimes against humanity for their roles in atrocities committed in the eastern DRC.

ICC prosecutor Karim Khan is expected to visit Kinshasa and Congo’s provinces affected by rebel groups from May 28 to May 31. 

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