UN, Amnesty criticise Congo's arrest of 18 protesters

2016-03-17 09:17


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Johannesburg - The United Nations and human rights groups are expressing concern over the arrests in Congo of 18 anti-government protesters in the eastern city of Goma.

The demonstrators with the Struggle for Change group were detained on Tuesday when they marched to call for the release of two fellow members who were jailed a year ago.

A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted growing restrictions on Congo's democratic space and called on authorities to respect the right to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly as provided in Congo's constitution.

Amnesty International also criticised the arrests, saying they are evidence of further repression and human rights violations ahead of Congo's elections later this year.

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