DRC: Political Violence in Urban Centres

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Date published
22 Jun 2018
Research, reports and studies
Conflict, violence & peace, Protection, human rights & security, Urban
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Frequent and recurrent protests across the country in recent years indicate an already high level of political tension that is likely to grow in the lead up to presidential elections on 23 December.

Since the beginning of 2015, over 700 protests across the country resulted in hundreds of civilian casualties, and the likelihood of further political violence is high.

In addition to direct human rights and humanitarian protection concerns arising from violent responses to protests, increasing insecurity is also likely to drive health and livelihoods needs for urban populations, complicate access to services and constrain humanitarian efforts.