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CONGO MILITARY ACCUSED OF TORTURING HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER TO DEATH

by H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times

November 1, 2021

LÉOPOLDVILLE, CONGO — The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s military has been accused by the United Nation of brutally murdering a human rights activist who was protesting illegal taxes in the country’s war-torn east.

Cabral Yombo, the leader of a civil society group in Hombo town, was killed by soldiers acting on the alleged orders of local administrative officials, according to the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO).

Army General Célestin Mbala Munsense declined to comment when asked about the situation.

The Partnership for Integrated Protection (PIP) released a statement that Yombo was tortured on Friday and died of his injuries on Sunday in a hospital located in Costermansstad (Ville du Bukavu).

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