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Human Rights Violations In DR Congo Rise By 8% In January – UN

State agents were responsible for 270 human rights violations in DR Congo, representing 47 per cent of all violations in Jan. 2022.

The UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, says state agents were responsible for 270 violations of human rights in the country, representing 47 per cent of all human rights violations in the country in Jan. 2022.

According to a just-published report of the UNJHRO in DR Congo, this figure represents an 8 per cent increase in human rights violations as compared to December 2021 when 251 violations were recorded.

The Congolese national police and FARDC soldiers committed 44 per cent of the total human rights violations documented resulting in the deaths of at least 42 persons, 35 of whom were men, women, and two children.

During the month under review, the UNJHRO documented 571 violations and abuses of human rights throughout DR Congo, as compared to 560 violations recorded in Dec. 2021.

Abuses attributed to state agents increased by 8 per cent especially in Ituri, South Kivu, and Tshopo, whereas those committed by the national police dropped by 17 per cent notably in Tshopo and South Kivu.

Human rights violations attributed to armed groups also saw a drop of 3 per cent, which is an indication that abuses by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) had reduced.

The report reveals that armed groups were responsible for 301 human rights abuses, which represents 53 per cent of all violations recorded throughout the national territory as against 309 abuses documented in December 2021.

Armed groups caused the deaths of at least 189 persons, 160 of whom were men, 23 women and six children.


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

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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