Kinshasa-The prosecution of over 600 police and soldiers for human rights violations has failed to curb widespread impunity in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The violations were committed from January 2014 to date, a period marked by protests against President Joseph Kabila clinging to power beyond constitutional limits.
United Nations investigations indicate violations peaked last month when police, armed forces and the Republican Guard used excessive and lethal force during demonstrations in Kinshasa.
At least 53 people were killed over two days while some 143 protesters were injured and about 300 unlawfully arrested.
The figures might be higher as UN teams were denied access to records of some morgues, hospitals and detention facilities.
Of the 53 people documented killed, including seven women and two children, at least 48 were killed by state agents, including police, soldiers and armed government forces.
Perpetrators were not identified in the killing of four police officers and one woman.
Most victims, including a five-year-old girl, were shot in the head, chest and back.
Others died after being burned, stabbed, beaten or attacked with machetes.
The DRC Special Representative of the UN, Maman Sidikou, urged authorities to investigate.
"Strong political will is needed to ensure justice and reparation to all victims of serious violations."
Polls were due in November but have been rescheduled to April 2018 with Kabila retained as president in a transitional government including some opposition parties. - CAJ News