Anti-UN protesters massacred in DR Congo

At least 43 people were killed Aug. 30 as government troops fired on protesters in Goma, capital of conflicted North Kivu province in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The protest against the the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) was organized by a religious sect, the Natural Judaic & Messianic Faith Towards the Nations, also known as Wazalendo. MONUSCO "peacekeepers" have faced repeated protests from local residents over their failure to protect civilians amid ongoing inter-factional fighting. The UN is demanding an investigation into the Goma incident, which Human Rights Watch called an "apparent massacre." In addition to the slain, 56 were reported injured and at least 222 arrested. (Jurist, AP, France24)

DRC soldiers put on trial after massacre

A military tribunal in DR Congo put six soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) on trial on Sept. 5 following the deaths of 56 people at an anti-UN demonstration on Aug, 30. The soldiers face multiple charges, including crimes against humanity. (Jurist)