Congo: On the back of the crisis. Violations of the right to health and repression of economic and social rights defenders in the Republic of Congo

The economic crisis caused by the fall in oil prices, on the one hand, and the COVID-19 pandemic, on the other, has revealed Congo’s deep-rooted problems, in particular the very poor human rights situation. The health sector has been particularly affected by the crisis and its management. Against this backdrop, the authorities have sought to silence critical voices by cracking down on political activists, human rights defenders, journalists, trade unionists and students who denounce violations of economic and social rights.

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