U.N. accuses Congo forces of violations during elections
KINSHASA | Congo’s security forces committed serious human rights violations — including killings, acts of torture and arbitrary arrests — surrounding the country’s tense national elections last year, the U.N. said in a report released Tuesday.
Investigations by the U.N. Joint Human Rights Office in Congo found that at least 33 people were killed in the capital, Kinshasa, by security forces in November and December, and at least 83 people were wounded, mostly by bullets.
The investigation also found more than 265 people were arrested, the majority of them detained arbitrarily, the report said.
Government officials could not be immediately reached for comment.
The U.N. report said the government had opened an investigation into the violations in December.
Presidential and legislative elections were held Nov. 28. Results showed President Joseph Kabila winning 100 percent of votes at some balloting stations, and more than 100 percent of registered voters participating at other stations where he won.
Congo’s Supreme Court — which Mr. Kabila loaded with his supporters last year — said the incumbent won another five-year term, with 48.95 percent of votes. politicians said Wednesday, warning that the military operation could soon target politicians opposed to the government.
The Uganda People’s Congress, one of the country’s oldest political parties, said 86 Ugandans have been detained at secret locations around the country as the army moves to combat what it views as a resurgent rebel group — the Allied Democratic Forces — in central and eastern Uganda.
The army said it is holding 60 people and denies its methods are violent.
Igbo people demonstrate on Feb. 29 following the death of their leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, in Nnewi, Nigeria. Assaults by the Boko Haram have sent many Igbo, one of the three dominant ethnic groups in Nigeria, fleeing. Based in the eastern states, most Igbo became Catholic after being colonized by the British. Many became successful traders.