DR Congo Police Killed, 'Disappeared' 27 Young Men and Boys - HRW
Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo killed and forcibly disappeared the young men and boys during an anti-crime campaign between May and September 2018. The campaign, known among the police as "Operation Likofi IV," targeted alleged gang members in Congo's capital, Kinshasa, a Human Rights Watch report reveals.
Congo-Kinshasa: How Police Killed and 'Disappeared' 34 Young Men, Boys - HRW
HRW, 21 February 2019
Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo summarily killed at least 27 young men and boys and forcibly disappeared 7 others during an anti-crime campaign between May and… Read more »
Government sources said that one objective of Operation Likofi IV was to spread fear in Kinshasa to deter protests linked to the elections.
On September 10, 2018, the police paraded about 375 alleged kuluna suspects in a police camp in the capital. The Kinshasa police commissioner, General Sylvano Kasongo, told the media: "As long as the kulunas exist, we will not let up...."
"To prevent him from screaming, they [the police] put a black [wire] around his neck," said a witness to the killing of a young man on May 12.
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