Repressive climate’ in DR Congo ahead of polls
Human Rights Watch on Wednesday warned of a “repressive climate” in restive Democratic Republic of Congo ahead of an election cycle due to start later this year.
Local and provincial elections are scheduled for October, followed by presidential and parliamentary elections in November 2016, in which the opposition fears President Joseph Kabila, in power since 2001, will try to extend his rule.
Crackdown on Dissent Tops Rights Concerns
Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth urged Congolese authorities to halt the crackdown on peaceful activists and political opponents during his visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo from July 15 to 22, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today.
In recent months, Congolese security and intelligence officials have clamped down on peaceful activists, political leaders, and others who oppose attempts to allow President Joseph Kabila to stay in power past his constitutionally mandated two-term limit, which ends in late 2016.
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