The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Cameroon, Togo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan, among others, have been singled out by a recent report released by Amnesty International for their worsening human rights record in 2014 on the African continent.
Illegal detention of opposition politicians, journalists and human rights activists and ordinary civilians seemed to be a common sight in troubled DRC, the London-based rights group said, adding that impunity was a serious problem in this vast Central African nation.
Amnesty International, which said globally the state of human rights was devastating in 2014, slammed the United Nations for doing little to protect human rights.
The report also deplores the international community’s lack of attention to the horrific crimes committed by Nigeria’s terrorist group Boko Haram.
Furthermore, Western governments appear to have paid lip-service to protect civilians while failing miserably, and at the process denied millions of people fleeing violence protection, the report said.
It would be ‘wrong’ to suggest civilians could not be protected, the rights group said.
Photo: A DR Congo Presidential Guard soldier shoots at protesters in the capital Kinshasa