'500 die in DRC tyranny'

KINSHASA - The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed "at least 500" suspected political opponents in the past two years.

KINSHASA - The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed "at least 500" suspected political opponents in the past two years.

This was said by Human Rights Watch in a report published yesterday.

The New York-based rights campaigners accused President Joseph Kabila's government of "brutal repression," saying "about 1000 more" have been detained since the July 2006 elections.

The NGO said many of those held reported having been tortured.

The report stated that government security forces deliberately killed or summarily executed an estimated 500 individuals, mainly in north-west and southern DRC. - Sapa-AFP

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