Press release

Congo-Brazzaville: Disputes Over Presidential Election Turn Violent

Freedom House urges all parties in Congo-Brazzaville to refrain from violence despite tensions between the police and the opposition militia. 

Washington

In response to reports of fighting in Brazzaville between police and an opposition militia, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Freedom House urges all parties in Congo-Brazzaville to refrain from violence, even as tensions remain high after an election that gave President Denis Sassou Nguesso a third term in a vote that was neither free nor fair," said Vukasin Petrovic, director for Africa programs. “We urge the international community and citizens of the Republic of the Congo to find a peaceful solution to disputes about the legitimacy of the President's re-election, a solution that genuinely represents the will of the people.”

The Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2016 and Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2015.