EU Soldiers Accused of Torturing Congolese Civilians
A group of Swedish soldiers have alleged that they witnessed French soldiers torture Congolese civilians during operations in the area in 2003.
Five years ago, the European Union sent some 1,500 soldiers to DR Congo as part of a UN mission to take action against the bandits marauding the north-eastern part of the country. The troops were there to protect the civilians.
Now the Swedish military is saying that French soldiers tortured Congolese civilians during the operation. The German government, which didn’t send troops on the mission but provided logistical assistance, couldn’t confirm the accusations.
Results from an ensuing investigation indicate that it is highly probable that the torture allegations are valid.
In the notice, a lawyer representing the Swedish military said that “torture-like methods” had been implemented during the Artemis mission. The other EU countries that participated in the operation have been informed of the scandal, claimed the military.
Hopefully, these charges will be thoroughly investigated and not swept under the rug. I won’t hold my breath, though. I don’t know enough about EU operations in the Congo or the circumstances of these incidents to comment intelligently. Just about everything I could find online was just a regurgitation of the same wire report.
(far too snarky considering the gravity of the subject matter link via Glenn Reynolds)