ADVERTISEMENT

American researcher expelled after massacre report

Its statement said the authorities referred to Stearns' report about the massacres, without giving further detail.

The United Nations logo is displayed on a door at U.N. headquarters in New York February 26, 2011. REUTERS/ Joshua Lott

Jason Stearns, the director of the Congo Research Group at New York University, was expelled from the country, to which he makes regular research visits, for making false declarations to immigration services, government spokesman Lambert Mende said.

"(Immigration authorities) wanted to present him to a judge but finally they decided to expel him," Mende said, adding that he did not have any details on the nature of those declarations.

The group said the reason given by authorities for Stearns' expulsion on Thursday was his "undesirability", and said the immigration irregularities were "minor procedural matters, which we are taking steps to address".

ADVERTISEMENT

Last month's report said that soldiers in Congo's army had participated in massacres of civilians in the country's northeast since 2014, although it said it was unclear to what extent the military hierarchy was involved.

Mende sharply criticized the report at a news conference in the days after it was released, accusing Stearns of "abusive generalization".

Rights groups say more than 500 people have died in a wave of machete attacks and other raids since October 2014. The government has blamed most of them on a Ugandan Islamist group that has operated in eastern Congo since the 1990s.

Political tensions are high in Congo, where President Joseph Kabila, in power since 2001, is required by the constitution to step down before the end of the year.

Opponents, however, accuse him of trying to delay a presidential election due in for November in order to hold onto power. The United Nations and rights groups say the government is cracking down on dissent through arrests and intimidation of opponents.

ADVERTISEMENT

The government denies both of these charges.

Enhance Your Pulse News Experience!

Get rewards worth up to $20 when selected to participate in our exclusive focus group. Your input will help us to make informed decisions that align with your needs and preferences.

I've got feedback!

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.
ADVERTISEMENT

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

Makinde demolishes building where Yoruba Nation agitators operate from

Makinde demolishes building where Yoruba Nation agitators operate from

APC chieftain, Lukman faults NWC for backing Ganduje over suspension

APC chieftain, Lukman faults NWC for backing Ganduje over suspension

EFCC gets permission to drag ex-governor Yahaya Bello to court tomorrow

EFCC gets permission to drag ex-governor Yahaya Bello to court tomorrow

Court stops EFCC from arresting Yahaya Bello hours after agents surrounded his house

Court stops EFCC from arresting Yahaya Bello hours after agents surrounded his house

Tinubu hails Dangote's diesel price cut, expects economic boost

Tinubu hails Dangote's diesel price cut, expects economic boost

'Is this relevant?' - Nigerians react as Gov Adeleke signs bill for new Osun State logo

'Is this relevant?' - Nigerians react as Gov Adeleke signs bill for new Osun State logo

Why donated blood is not free for patients

Why donated blood is not free for patients

Kogi gov storms Yahaya Bello's Abuja residence after EFCC raid

Kogi gov storms Yahaya Bello's Abuja residence after EFCC raid

NDYC tells FG to dismiss revocation call, backs pipeline protection contracts

NDYC tells FG to dismiss revocation call, backs pipeline protection contracts

Pulse Sports

Lionel Messi's son breaks the internet after scoring five goals for Inter Miami

Lionel Messi's son breaks the internet after scoring five goals for Inter Miami

Naija Stars Abroad: Onyedika, Boniface, and Osimhen shine across Europe

Naija Stars Abroad: Onyedika, Boniface, and Osimhen shine across Europe

Victor Osimhen and Tobi Amusan make list of Forbes’ 30 under 30 Class of 2024

Victor Osimhen and Tobi Amusan make list of Forbes’ 30 under 30 Class of 2024

Alex Iwobi makes Premier League history which Mikel, Yakubu, Kanu could not achieve

Alex Iwobi makes Premier League history which Mikel, Yakubu, Kanu could not achieve

Like Michael Jordan - Details of Victor Osimhen’s ‘superhuman’ jump against Monza emerges

Like Michael Jordan - Details of Victor Osimhen’s ‘superhuman’ jump against Monza emerges

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT