Thursday, September 30, 2010

UN Report Accuses Uganda of War Crimes in the DRC

A leaked UN report, scheduled to be published Friday, is accusing the Ugandan army of committing war crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The report, which concerns conflicts in the DRC between 1993 and 2003, alleges the Ugandan army "of massacres of civilians, torture, and the destruction of infrastructure that led to civilian deaths" while backing Congolese rebels who overthrew President Seko in 1997. The report has caused much anger within the Ugandan government, including Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa calling the report "deeply flawed." Mr. Kutesa has written a letter to the UN claiming that those behind the information found in the report have suspect motives and that such a flawed report causes great problems for Uganda. As Mr. Kutesa wrote, "Such sinister tactics undermine Uganda's resolve to continue contributing to, and participating in, various regional and international peacekeeping operations."

Mary Naset

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