'Serious violations' by DRC forces
20 March 2012, 17:18
Geneva - Democratic Republic of Congo security forces killed at least 33
people among other "serious human rights violations" during November
2011 elections, the UN rights office said on Tuesday.
November 26 and December 25, security forces also wounded at least 83
people, "mostly by bullets, and at least 16 people remain unaccounted
for", it said in a report documenting the violations.
of those killed were shot by defense and security forces, but the toll
could be much higher, said the UN, noting its investigators were unable
to confirm several allegations.
"We have heard multiple accounts
of Republican Guards shooting live ammunition into crowds and of the
torture of arbitrarily detained individuals," said Navi Pillay, UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights.
"The authorities must ensure that
such grave violations of human rights are investigated, perpetrators
brought to justice and that those who remain illegally detained are
released without delay," she added.
The vast central Africa
country held presidential and legislative elections on November 28
following a campaign marred by violence and claims by opposition leader
Etienne Tshisekedi of foul play.
Results for the presidential ballot were released in late December and returned Joseph Kabila who has been in power since 2001.
polls were widely criticised as chaotic and raven with irregularities
and Kabila's inauguration was largely snubbed by the international