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Monday, 10 January, 2000, 04:42 GMT
Amnesty condemns repression in DR Congo



Amnesty International has condemned what it says is a violent campaign of repression by the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A report, which followed a fact-finding visit by Amnesty International to the country last August, says journalists and opposition activists have been detained, beaten and tortured.

Some have been put on trial and sentenced by military tribunals which bypass normal judicial processes.

Since August 1998, forces loyal to President Laurent Kabila have been pitted against rebel factions backed by Rwanda and Uganda.

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