DR Congo – abuse by government forces and officials

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DR Congo government ‘almost as bad as rebels’

Street in Kiwanja, north KivuCivilians in eastern Congo have had to contend with a variety of armed groups

Abuse and exploitation in areas under government control in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo are almost as bad as they were under rebel control, British charity Oxfam says.

Villagers interviewed for an Oxfam report complained of abuses including extortion, forced labour, illegal taxation and arbitrary arrests.

Local security forces were responsible for much of this, the report said.

A 2013 peace deal extended state control over eastern parts of DR Congo.

The agreement with the M23 rebels was intended to bring calm to areas that had seen two decades of conflict.

However, insecurity has persisted across much of the east, where armed groups and rebels – such as the ADF and FDLR – continue to operate.

Congolese soldiers receiving weapons for offensive against rebelsSecurity forces have been accused of carrying out…

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