UN blasts DR Congo arrests after strike call

Image grab taken from AFPTV footage on August 18, 2017 shows police trying to contain a protest on August 17 in the town of Beni, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)The United Nations condemned Wednesday the arrests of 32 people in DR Congo after a nationwide opposition-led strike call gripped parts of the country, calling some of them “arbitrary”. The arrests happened Tuesday in the capital Kinshasa and in Mbuji-Mayi in the centre of the country, said Jose Maria Aranaz, who heads the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO). Eleven of those arrested by police and the national intelligence agency (ANR) remain in custody in Mbuji-Mayi, while the rest were subsequently released, he added.

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