Human rights violations a "worrying trend" in DRC

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Special representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Maman S. Sidikou (on screen), addresses the Security Council by video conference. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

A spate of human rights violations related to the on-going elections process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) represents a "worrying trend".

That's according to the head of MONUSCO, the UN mission in the country.

Presidential and legislative elections are due to take place in DRC later this year.

Veronica Reeves reports.

On Thursday, Maman Sambo Sidikou, the top UN official in DRC told the Security Council that the spike in human rights violations associated with the upcoming elections is cause for concern,

"MONUSCO has registered more than 260 human rights violations related to elections, mostly against opposition members, civil society representatives and journalists. This combined with a rising number of human rights abuses by armed groups in the eastern DRC, represents a worrying trend of narrowing of political space and a real challenge to the conduct of peaceful, credible elections."

The elections were also described by Mr Sidikou as a "deeply divisive issue", particularly given the absence of an agreed calendar or budget.

He went on to warn that the absence of those key elements could further exacerbate the human rights situation in the country.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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