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New UN report sheds light on human rights violations in the DRC

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is slated to hold its presidential and parliamentary polls on November 28, making this just the second time since 1960 that this kind of vote has taken place.

However, according to the United Nations News Centre, there have been numerous human rights violations leading up to the polling, and officials are concerned that these mistreatments could result in violence once the election is over.

The new UN report details 188 violations that have been linked to the election between November 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011.

"I am sure the Congolese people share my hope for peaceful, free and fair elections and a smooth exercise of their fundamental right to vote," Navi Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights, told the news provider. "The kind of intimidation, threats, incitement, arbitrary arrests and violence that we have documented is unacceptable and has a chilling effect on voters."

According to Amnesty International, some human rights concerns in the DRC include ethnic discrimination, restrictions on freedom of the press and failure to protect asylum-seekers.
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