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Democratic Republic of Congo: Peaceful activists jailed for call to strike: Elisée Lwatumba Kasonia and Eric Muhindo Muvumbu
Human rights defenders, Elisée Lwatumba Kasonia and Eric Muhindo Muvumbu were arrested on 19 April by the National Intelligence Agency (ANR) in the town of Butembo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province, while calling for a general strike to protest against increased deadly armed attacks in the north eastern territory of Beni. They spent a night in a cell at the ANR before being transferred to a cell at the Prosecutor’s office.
Date: 2 July 2021Ref:AFR 62/4346/2021
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DRC: “State of siege” must not further undermine human rights
The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo must ensure that the “state of siege” due to begin today in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces does not further undermine human rights guaranteed under international human rights law, said Amnesty International. The “state of siege” was declared by President Felix Tshisekedi on 3 May, citing the need to restore peace and security in the two eastern provinces where decades of armed conflicts and violence have left thousands of people dead and or forced to flee their homes.
Date: 6 May 2021
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DRC: Prioritize justice for serious crimes
New Lukonde Government Should Set Transitional Justice Roadmap The Democratic Republic of Congo's newly appointed government should adopt a clear strategy for holding those suspected of criminal responsibility for grave human rights violations accountable, a coalition of 50 Congolese and international nongovernmental groups said today. President Felix Tshisekedi’s new government, led by Prime Minister Sama Lukonde, has a historic chance to address past and recent serious crimes under international law, including those described in the 2010 United Nations Mapping Report.
Date: 29 April 2021
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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Drop defamation charges against human rights defender
Amnesty International calls on the Congolese authorities to drop a defamation charge brought against a prominent human rights defender and activist. The DRC government must guarantee the protection of individuals who exercise their right to freedom of expression, while creating an enabling environment in which activists and journalists can continue human rights work without reprisals and harassment.
Date: 30 March 2021Ref:AFR 62/3924/2021
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DRC: Authorities must immediately and unconditionally release 10 youth activists
Democratic Republic of Congo’s authorities must immediately and unconditionally release 10 youth activists who are facing malicious charges solely for participating in a peaceful protest to demand the protection of civilians in Beni Town, Amnesty International said today ahead of their sentencing by a military court on 20 January. Eight of the 10 activists, belonging to the youth movement, Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA), were arrested in Beni on 19 December after they staged a protest to denounce what they see as the UN peacekeeping force’s failure to protect civilians in the area.
Date: 19 January 2021
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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Renewal of Team of Experts, key to strengthening justice and accountability in the Democratic Republic of Congo
In this statement for the UN Human Rights Council Forty-fifth session, Amnesty International welcomes the report of the High Commissioner as well as the report of the International Team of Experts on the situation in the Kasai which highlights continued serious violations in the region. In light of the Team’s conclusions, Amnesty International is concerned by the lack of efforts by the DRC government to implement key recommendations to address impunity for serious human rights violations and abuses, including crimes under international law, committed by its armed forces and armed groups in the Kasai region.
Date: 2 October 2020Ref:AFR 62/3147/2020
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Democratic Republic of Congo: Take concrete steps to end impunity
The Congolese authorities and the UN have not done enough to hold human rights violators  to account and deliver justice to victims a decade after the landmark United Nations Congo Mapping Exercise Report was published in October 2010, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. The mapping report documented more than 600 incidents of serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo between March 1993 and June 2003.
Date: 1 October 2020
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Democratic Republic of Congo: Concrete actions must be taken to protect Denis Mukwege after death threats
The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the United Nations (UN) must take urgent and concrete measures to protect Denis Mukwege, a doctor and Nobel Laureate who is receiving death threats for demanding accountability and justice for serious crimes perpetrated in the country, said Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.
Date: 4 September 2020
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Exposed, silenced, attacked: failures to protect health and essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
Health and essential workers have played an extraordinary role in the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Across countries, they have put their health and wellbeing at risk, often in very difficult circumstances and with very little support, to ensure that people are able to access the essential services they need. They have faced reprisals from the authorities and their employers for raising safety concerns, and in some cases have been subject to violence and stigma from members of the public.
Date: 13 July 2020Ref:POL 40/2572/2020
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Five members of the UDPS, killed in a fire set by security forces
On the night of 19-20 September 2016, a group of men in army uniforms attacked the headquarters of the then opposition Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) party in the Limete district of Kinshasa. The armed men chopped Bouquin Bukasa, a 54-year-old security guard at the UDPS premises, into pieces by and then set fire to the building. Stéphane Mwabilayi, Bilomba Tshimungu, Pierre Kapena Wetu, and John Mutamba Mbuyi, all UDPS members, died in the fire.
Date: 16 June 2020
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Gaby Mamba, killed by a stray bullet in his house
Gaby Mamba, 16, was killed by a stray bullet on 19 January 2015 while he was in his house in Matete commune, Kinshasa. As gunfire intensified in his neighborhood, the young boy scout went upstairs to look out over the streets what was happening from a window. More gunshots were fired. Gaby tried to go down for cover. A bullet hit his neck. He lost a lot of blood and died in the family house. The young boy’s death angered many in his neighborhood.
Date: 16 June 2020
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Benjamin Badibanga Mwindilayi, killed by police in a shop in front of his home
Benjamin Badibanga Mwindilayi, 18, was about to finish high school when he was shot dead at a shop in front of his family home in Kingabwa, in northeast Kinshasa, at around 11 am on 21 January 2018. He has been sent to buy sugar when he was shot in the mouth by security officers on motorbikes and died instantly. That day peaceful demonstrations had been organized across the country by the Lay Coordination Committee, an association affiliated with the Catholic Church, to call on the DRC authorities to organize the then much-delayed elections, by December 2017.
Date: 16 June 2020
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Democratic Republic of Congo: President Tshisekedi reneges on justice pledge, leaving victims in despair
President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo has reneged on his inauguration pledges to strengthen the rule of law, fight impunity and ensure justice, leaving the families of hundreds of people killed during the country’s pre-election crisis in despair, Amnesty International said today. President Tshisekedi was sworn in on 24 January 2019 after winning elections, held after a two-year delay, on 30 December 2018.
Date: 16 June 2020
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Thérèse Déchade Kapangala Mwanza, killed by the police on the doorstep of a parish
Thérèse Déchade Kapangala Mwanza was the firstborn in a family of six. She was shot dead by the police on the doorstep of the Saint Francois de Sales parish in Kinshasa on 21 January 2018. On that day, Saint Francois de Sales parish had organized a peaceful demonstration to call for the implementation of 31 December Agreement 2016 – an agreement meant to facilitate a smooth organization of the general elections in DRC after the country missed the Constitutional deadline of November 2016.
Date: 16 June 2020
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Rossy Tshimanga Mukendi, killed by police during a peaceful protest in DRC
On 25 February 2018, Rossy Tshimanga Mukendi was shot dead by a police officer during a peaceful protest at Saint Benoit parish in Lemba commune, Kinshasa. He was a very active member of pro-democracy youth movements. Witnesses to his killing told Amnesty International that Rossy was targeted by the police. A friend of Rossy who was with him that day told Amnesty that, he was trying to get everyone into the parish compound when he was killed.
Date: 16 June 2020
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DRC: Dismissed! Victims of 2015-2018 brutal crackdowns in the Democratic Republic of Congo denied justice
Between January 2015 and December 2018, Congolese security forces brutally and systematically cracked down on protesters who opposed President Kabila’s attempts to remain in power beyond his second constitutional term. By the end of December 2018, at least 320 people were dead and 3,500 had been injured.
Date: 16 June 2020Ref:AFR 62/2185/2020
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