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The government introduced a draft media policy that would give it additional powers to regulate and control journalists and media outlets. Law enforcement measures proved ineffective in curbing inter-ethnic violence in which at least 150 people were killed and thousands displaced. Access to adequate healthcare remained severely restricted. A licence was issued to reopen a gold mining operation previously associated with serious human rights abuses and environmental damage, despite these not being adequately addressed by the company involved.

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