Democratic Republic of the Congo: Justice and freedoms under siege in North-Kivu and Ituri

A year after a state of siege was proclaimed in North-Kivu and Ituri provinces in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, allowing the military and police to take over all powers from civilian institutions, it has failed in its stated purpose of rapidly improving the security situation. Military authorities have instead used their extraordinary powers to further undermine people’s rights with impunity, including freedoms of expression and assembly, and the right to justice.

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