Kinshasa, 27 June 2013 – Continued attacks against civilians by Mayi-Mayi combatants, under the command of Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, in Walikale territory, North Kivu, remain a major concern for MONUSCO.
Sheka has been accused since 2010 of serious Human Rights violations, including killings, sexual violence, abduction of civilians and lootings in Walikale territory.
On 6 June 2013, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of MONUSCO, Mr. Roger Meece, reported that further violations of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law were committed in Pinga and its surrounding areas, mostly by Mayi Mayi Sheka combatants. MONUSCO reaffirms its commitment to support the Government's efforts to neutralize the perpetrators of these criminal acts and bring them to justice.
MONUSCO also recalls that Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka is on the list of individuals subject to measures by the Security Council Sanctions Committee. In addition, Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka and some of his accomplices are wanted by the Congolese judicial authorities, including in connection with crimes against humanity and sexual violence committed in 2010.
MONUSCO will ensure that every efforts is made to arrest, prosecute and hold accountable, in accordance with International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights standards, all the individuals who are supporting or collaborating with Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka and its combatants and with any other armed group.