Many killed in DR Congo election violence

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Villagers in Bogoro, DRC

At least 33 people were killed in the Congolese capital Kinshasa by security forces in the run up to last years presidential elections, according to a report by the UN Human rights office.

The report also details serious human rights violations, including killings, disappearances and arbitrary detention committed in Kinshasa by Congolese security forces and in particular the Republic Guards and members of the National intelligence agency.

The report says at least 265 civilians remain in detention and many have reported being subjected to torture and other forms of ill-treatment.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is urging Congolese authorities to ensure the violations are investigated, perpetrators brought to justice and those who remain illegally detained set free.

Scott Campbell is the head of the UN Human Rights Office in the DR Congo.

"From our investigation we can confirm that at least 33 people were killed during this thirty day period, from the 26th of November to the 25th of December in the capital city Kinshasa. The majority of them 22 were killed by gunshots. There were 83 others who were wounded and there at least 16 people that remain missing. We're convinced that the actual numbers are quite higher. The Ministry of Justice has ordered the Attorney General to open an investigation. In particular there has been an investigation open against two police officers we hope this will bear fruit. But it is important that all the perpetrators are investigated in particular the main perpetrators who are members of the republican guard and who have benefited from a climate of general impunity over the past years."

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