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UN Supported Congo Army, 6 Killed, Won't Say Which Units, If in Minova

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, January 15 -- The UN Mission in the Congo seems to investigate and report selectively.

  Much is heard from MONUSCO on some groups and fighting, less or nothing on others. Meanwhile the Department of Peacekeeping Operations is still stonewalling on the 126 rapes in Minova in late November committed by the Congolese Army, its partners.

   On Tuesday Inner City Press asked Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Martin Nesirky:

Inner City Press: I wanted to ask some things about the DRC. There have been two different reports of the FARDC [Congolese Armed Forces] fighting first the Mai-Mai Morgan, with the support of MONUSCO (United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo), and it is said that six people were killed, it wasn’t said by which side. And then, more recently, fighting with Raia Mutomboki in another part of the eastern Congo. Do you have some kind of readout on this, what seems to be fighting by non-M23 groups? And also, is it possible to know which units of the FARDC the UN was supporting in this fight against Mai-Mai Morgan, because I know we’ve had… there has been a row about the Minova rapes and which units were there, and which units MONUSCO works with. Is there any update on the Minova investigation, and how does MONUSCO know that the units that it is supporting since then, against Mai-Mai Morgan, were not the ones in Minova committing rapes in November?

Spokesperson: I’ll check with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Matthew, okay?

  But Inner City Press has been asking about the Minova rapes, and the UN's supposed Human Rights Due Diligence Policy, since November.

  Three times DPKO chief Herve Ladsous has refused on camera to answer questions about the rapes and Policy: on November 27, 2012 (video), on December 7 (video) and on December 18 (video).

  Ladsous' spokesman, who seized the UN microphone on December 18 to try to make it impossible to even ask the question, was at the Security Council on January 14 and told the (French) press, My boss is not here so he can't speak to you.

  But Ladsous never answers Press questions, even about the Minova rapes.

  UK minister Sayeeda Warsi was in New York, speaking January 15 on counter terrorism. Earlier she put out a tweet about meeting with UN Peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous, about Afghanistan.

She was asked if the UK had inquired with Ladsous about the 126 rapes in Minova by the Congolese Army, and what Ladsous is doing. There has yet to be an answer. Watch this site.

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