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  U.N. Given Data on Kabila Forces

Reuters
Saturday, July 12, 1997; Page A18

A U.N. human rights investigator said he received information on 134 incidents of massacres of Rwandan refugees in the former Zaire carried out by forces loyal to President Laurent Kabila, according to a report.

The report, by Robert Garreton of Chile, said future investigators should ask "whether a genocide was planned and executed" and whether the perpetrators should be brought before an international tribunal.

It also said serious human rights violations and killings continued in the new Democratic Republic of the Congo. Garreton, a human rights lawyer, has been denied further entry by Kabila's government after his earlier report that cited 40 massacre sites. U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan this week said he would organize the investigation himself, without Garreton, so it could be undertaken quickly.

Garreton's new, harsher report for the U.N. Human Rights Commission, completed July 2, was based on interviews in May with survivors in Rwanda as well as U.N. staff.

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