A leading rights activist in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been found dead in the capital, Kinshasa.

Floribert Chebeya’s body was discovered, partially clothed, on the back seat of his own car.

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He was last known to have gone to a meeting with the national chief of police, Genral John Numbi. His driver has disappeared.

Amnesty International’s deputy Africa director, Veronique Aubert, issued a statement upon hearing of his death: “We are stunned and appalled by the suspicious death of such a prominent and respected human rights defender”.

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