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The UN has accused the army in the Democratic Republic of Congo of beating up a human rights activist to death.

Cabral Yombo succumbed to injuries after he was tortured by soldiers who were under instructions of local authorities, the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) said on Twitter.

Mr Yombo had protested against illegal taxes imposed by the Bakano area chief in eastern DR Congo.

“I condemn the torture which led to the death of Mr Cabral Yombo…Responsibility must be established”, local lawmaker Juvenal Munobo was quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying.

The army and the local authorities have not responded to the allegations.

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