U.N. ac­cuses Congo forces of vi­o­la­tions dur­ing elec­tions

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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.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS PHO­TO­GRAPHS

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.

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