Human rights violations in DRC could lead to election violence

Villagers going to the local market in Bogoro, DRC

Human rights violations, committed by the Congolese police, could endanger the democratic process and lead to post-election violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to a UN report.

The report released on Wednesday warns that 188 human rights violations occurred over the past year.

They include civilians being threatened, beaten and arrested by police for wearing t-shirts of opposition parties.

Scott Campbell is from the UN's Human Rights Office in Geneva.

"Half of the 188 violations were against members of the political opposition – UDPS and UNC – and we note that a good number of violations documented were committed by the national police forces and the national intelligence agency."

Presidential and legislative elections are slated for 28 November.

It's only the second time since independence in 1960 that democratic elections will take place.

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UN report sounds alarm over pre-election rights abuses in DR Congo

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