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Republic of Congo refuses entry and sends back Amnesty International expert

By Amnesty International
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The Republic of Congo's refusal of entry and return of an Amnesty International research manager on mission is another worrying sign of the government's attempt to muzzle criticism ahead of Presidential elections, Amnesty International said today.

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In October 2015, security forces surrounded the house of another opposition leader, Guy Brice Parfait Kolélas, without any judicial authority and did not let him leave for 12 days. In the same month six activists were arrested and sentenced to three months imprisonment for taking part in an unauthorized protest.