UN says Congo army, rebels have committed rights abuses

December 7, 2012 21:21

UNITED NATIONS - Democratic Republic of Congo troops raped and pillaged in Minova after fleeing to the eastern town as M23 rebels advanced, while insurgents killed civilians and looted when they took the nearby provincial capital Goma last month, the UN said on Friday.

Congolese troops, aided by a UN peacekeeping mission known as MONUSCO, have been battling the M23 rebels - who UN experts and Congo say are backed by neighboring Rwanda - for the past eight months in the resource-rich east of the country.

Kinshasa regained control of Goma on Monday after M23 rebels withdrew as a UN Security Council group of experts presented new evidence alleging the M23 had received "direct support" from the Rwandan Defence Force (RDF) to capture the city on November 20.

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