Congo's government has called on international partners to demonstrate positive cooperation days after the European Union expressed concern over reports of intimidation against political opponents, civil society and media in the country.

Government spokesman Lambert Mende on Thursday denied accusations that the rights of Congo's citizens are not being observed and said the correct judicial systems are in place.

The EU said this week that respect for human rights is crucial for transparent elections. The United Nations has denounced what it calls arbitrary arrests of opponents and activists and the U.S. has expressed concern about legal action against pro-democracy activists.

Congo is slated to hold elections in November.

The opposition worries that President Joseph Kabila, meant to leave office in December, will postpone the election timeline to stay in power.