DRC expels Human Rights Watch researcher a second time

2017-01-23 21:47
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Kinshasa - Human Rights Watch says  Democratic Republic of Congo expelled one of its researchers for the second time in less than six months.

The group said on Monday that immigration authorities on Friday escorted Ida Sawyer, its Central Africa director, across the border into Rwanda after annulling her visa.

Sawyer, based in DRC since 2008, had her work permit revoked last August and was in Brussels before returning in January after receiving a visa from the embassy there.

DRC spokesperson Lambert Mende said Sawyer made "false declarations" and "changed the order of names in her passport."

He said officials who allowed Sawyer to enter in the city of Goma had been sanctioned.

Tensions are high in DRC amid uncertainty over the timing of the next election.

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