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Kiwanja: threats and extortions increasing

January 13, 2009

According to relevant sources, CNDP´s pressure towards Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Kiwanja has severely increased. In the last two weeks, soldiers have been asking IDPs to pay 2 U$ per day as a “tax to remain in the IDP camp”. Things are going far beyond. CNDP soldiers are threatening men, women and children to occupy their homes if they do not return home. Some of the houses have been seized, and padlocks have been placed in some visible door entrances to increase pressure.

As readers of this blog know, IDPs remain in the camp of Kiwanja because they fear for their lives.

Meanwhile, there are many informations regarding an acute increase of human rights violations in three territories under CNDP control:  Kitchanga, Mweso and Kirolire. According to sources, the lack of discipline showed by CNDP soldiers in these areas is related to the leave of high ranking CNDP officials towards Rutshuru.

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