News

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Congolese police of summarily executing at least 27 people, some of whom were bound, strangled and mutilated in a crackdown on gangs in the capital Kinshasa last year.

Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo denied the allegations that were in a report published on Feb. 21 by the US-based rights group. 

The report, based on interviews with nearly 80 witnesses, victims' family members, security officials and others, adds to previous...

Hundreds of thousands of children in a province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo face imminent death from hunger, the UN children’s agency, Unicef, warned on May 11.

Without urgent humanitarian assistance, said the agency, child fatalities in the Kasai region – which erupted in violence in August 2016, and has forced 1 million people from their homes – could “skyrocket”.

According to Unicef, 770,000 children are malnourished, with 400,000 at risk of death. The agency has...