UN: DRC Used Excessive Force Against December Protesters

The United Nations says security forces in Democratic Republic of Congo used excessive and disproportionate force against people protesting President Joseph Kabila’s stay in office and that more than 40 people were killed.

The report released  on Thursday by the UN Joint Human Rights Office for its DRC mission says two children were among those killed during protests in several cities in late December. It says most victims were unarmed civilians wounded by live ammunition.

Many were protesting delayed elections that have seen Kabila stay in power. His last term had been due to end December 20.

Soon after the protests, talks brokered by Catholic church officials ended with political parties signing an agreement for new elections this year in which Kabila will not run.

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