Mozambique to investigate claims of abuse by security forces

Mozambique's government says it will investigate allegations of abuse by security forces that caused Mozambicans to flee country

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Fighters of former Mozambican rebel movement "Renamo" receive military training on November 8, 2012 in the Gorongosa mountains.

Mozambique’s government has announced that it will investigate allegations of abuses by security forces which are believed to have caused thousands of Mozambicans to flee to neighbouring Malawi.

The government says its deputy justice minister and deputy interior minister will lead the investigation, in an annoucement which was appreciated by independent watchdog organisation Human Rights Watch.

The announcement of the establishment of an inquiry was published on Thursday in Noticias, a state-owned newspaper.

Activists and journalists have documented executions and sexual assaults allegedly carried out by Mozambican soldiers who were ordered to disarm opposition fighters in the opposition stronghold of Tete Province.

The Mozambican government, however, has claimed that the exodus was caused by attacks by opposition fighters belonging to a group called Renamo, and that the refugees belong to the Renamo group.

TRTWorld and agencies