[JURIST] Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, the leader of a militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), turned himself in to UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) [official website] on Wednesday. The DRC took out a warrant [Reuters report] for Sheka's arrest in 2011 after his forces allegedly raped at least 387 civilians during a four-day period in 2010. The militia is also accused of murdering 70 civilians between 2010 and 2015. The UN sanctioned [UN database] Sheka in 2011 for war crimes, including mass rapes and crimes against children. MONUSCO said [press release] that Sheka surrendered in
Violence in the Congo has plagued the nations for years. Earlier this week the UN human rights chief called for [JURIST report] an independent investigation into the DRC's Kasai Province. In May the President of the DRC's electoral commission warned [JURIST report] that the presidential election may be postponed due to sectarian violence. In April a spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency said [JURIST report] that more than 11,000 refugees from the Kasai province had escaped to Angola due to violence in their province. The top prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) released a statement [JURIST report] in April alleging that recent acts of violence in the DRC could amount to war crimes. In March UN Secretary-General António Guterres confirmed [JURIST report] that the remains of two human rights investigators were found in the DRC.