JOHANNESBURG ? The U.N. human rights office says the government of Congo’s continuing repression threatens to endanger the democratic process for the critical November presidential vote and may prompt postelection violence.
A U.N. report released Wednesday catalogues scores of human rights and other violations in the central African nation carried out against opponents of President Joseph Kabila. The report says people have been beaten and arrested for wearing opposition party T-shirts.
It says security is precarious in the run-up to the elections since police and soldiers are heavily underpaid, poorly trained and some are politicized.
Several people already have been killed and injured. Congo’s Nov. 28 vote is only its second democratic election in half a century.