How Republic of Congo’s Crackdown on the Once-Dormant ‘Ninja’ Rebel Group Is Backfiring

How Republic of Congo’s Crackdown on the Once-Dormant ‘Ninja’ Rebel Group Is Backfiring
Congo soldiers and civilians cast their ballots at a polling station, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, March 20, 2016 (AP photo by John Bompengo).

In 2015 and 2016, Denis Sassou Nguesso—who has served as president of the Republic of Congo for two stints totaling more than 30 years—orchestrated a constitutional referendum and election that allowed him to stay in office. However, his latest term has been marred by more than a year of instability in the southeastern Pool region and elsewhere. The International Federation for Human Rights released a report this month denouncing “massive human rights violations” in the region, including arbitrary arrests and torture. In an email interview, Brett Carter, a Central Africa expert at the University of Southern California, explains what’s fueling […]

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