DRC security forces killed 48 protesters, UN report says

2016-10-21 21:35
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Kinshasa - The United Nations human rights office says Congo's security forces killed at least 48 people during anti-government opposition protests last month, using excessive force that also injured at least 140 people.

The UN's rights office in DRC said in a report on Friday that 53 people died in two days of violence, including four police officers. It also said security forces unlawfully arrested 299 civilians.

The government did not immediately comment on the report.

Opposition parties had called for the September 19 demonstrations to protest the delay of elections, calling it an effort by President Joseph Kabila to hold onto power.

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for DRC, Maman Sidikou, is urging Congolese authorities to conduct independent, credible investigations and bring perpetrators to justice.

Read more on:    un  |  drc  |  central africa

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