Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Overview

Poor households suffered increased food insecurity as a result of COVID-19 restrictions while prisons were chronically overcrowded. Armed conflicts and inter-communal violence continued in some provinces, resulting in hundreds of deaths and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. Government forces and armed groups continued to enjoy impunity for grave human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings and summary executions. Conflict-related sexual violence against women increased. The authorities continued to restrict the right to freedom of expression and media freedom. Journalists were imprisoned and human rights defenders were subjected to death threats and prosecution.

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