UN demands investigation into election campaign violence

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Bachelet, on Friday (December 14th), expressed her deep concern over the violence perpetrated this week during election campaign rallies in the DRC.

She called on the Congolese authorities to launch an investigation into these incidents.

“With only a few days of crucial elections to be held in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it is essential that the authorities ensure that the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are fully protected and that they take all the necessary measures. possible to prevent acts of violence. This includes ensuring that all candidates are able to hold meetings and rallies to campaign for their election, “said Ms. Bachelet.

According to the statement by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights,  On 11 December, at least three men were killed and several others wounded after police fired live ammunition and used tear gas and ammunition. Water cannons against an opposition rally in Lubumbashi, Haut-Katanga Province.

The convoy of presidential candidate Martin Fayulu was also reportedly attacked by the police.

Seven vehicles, including one belonging to the Congolese National Police, were destroyed and the prosecutor’s office was set on fire during subsequent clashes between supporters of different parties.

The document also returns to the day of December 12. “A young woman was killed and at least nine others were injured, including two shots” in Kalemie (Tanganyika) and the Martin Fayulu meeting interrupted.

On Thursday in Mbuji Mayi, Kasai Oriental province, “the governor of the province deployed soldiers and policemen on several roads to prevent the population from greeting another presidential candidate, Felix Tshisekedi.

A 16-year-old boy was reportedly killed by a soldier of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) “.

Ms. Bachelet said she was “deeply concerned by reports of excessive use of force, including live ammunition, by security forces against opposition rallies. She also deplores inflammatory speeches by political leaders.

According to the same source, threats have been made against supporters of several political parties, including those belonging to the presidential majority, particularly in North Kivu and South Kivu.

Opposition supporters have also reportedly disrupted campaign meetings organized by presidential majority candidates in the provinces of Kwilu and Kasai.

A number of incidents targeting opposition supporters have also been recorded in Maniema province.

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