Human rights violations in Congo "alarming"

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Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. UN Photo/Violaine Martin

Alarming reports about human rights violations have been coming out of the Republic of the Congo, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said.

It follows the death of 17 people in security operations after presidential elections took place in March.

Janie Cangelosi reports.

The UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, said there have been reports that security operations were conducted against opposition leaders and supporters who allegedly attacked a police station in the southern part of the capital, Brazzaville, following the presidential elections on 20 March.

The Congolese government said that 17 people died in those operations, including three members of the security forces; several others were wounded.

Zeid added that there have also been reports of mass arrests and torture in detention.

He urged the Government to ensure that humanitarian workers are able to access those in need and to ensure that security forces act in full accordance with the country's obligations under international human rights law.

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations

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