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UN blasts Congo over expelled human rights staffer

October 28, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top United Nations envoy in Congo is criticizing the government there for expelling a U.N. human rights official over a report detailing abuses by the country’s security forces.

Martin Kobler told the U.N. Security Council on Monday that he had “absolute confidence” in Scott Campbell, who was ordered out of Congo this month.

Congo’s representative to the U.N. disagreed. Ignace Gata Mavita told the council that Campbell’s “offensive” behavior demoralized his country’s security forces and hurt state security.

The U.N. report on a Congo government operation against street gangs in the capital, Kinshasa, documented 9 deaths and 32 enforced disappearances.

Kobler also called recent threats against other staffers in the U.N.’s human rights office in Congo “unacceptable.”

Mavita said his country is firmly attached to human rights.

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