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Human Rights Abuses In DR Congo Rise By 61% In A Month

There were 801 documented incidents of human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo during November.

There were 801 documented incidents of human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo during Nov. 2021, a UN agency said. 

According to the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the figure represents an increase of 61per cent  compared to Oct. 2021 when 498 human rights abuses were reported.

The increase shows an increase in the number of abuses attributable to armed groups which stands at 75 per cent as well as violations committed by state agents which stands at 43 per cent.

In particular, the number of human rights abuses committed by the armed groups Nyatura, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (DFLR) in the North Kivu province as well as rebels of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) in the province of Ituri, more than doubled.

Meanwhile, soldiers of the DR Congo armed forces, FARDC, committed an increasing number of violations during the state of siege in the two provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, the UNJHRO revealed.

The UNJHRO monitors the human rights situation and makes analyses of the related tendencies in the DR Congo.

These tendencies are regularly shared with the national authorities so that they can take the necessary actions, including bringing to justice the presumed violators of documented human rights abuses and are also presented during the fortnightly United Nations press conference.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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