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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
RESEARCH
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
ARMED CONFLICT
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 THE CONGO
ARMED CONFLICT
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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AFRICA
CENSORSHIP AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
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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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
ARMED GROUPS
DRC: One year since Tshisekedi took office, insecurity and impunity still imperil human rights
One year after President Felix Tshisekedi took office, insecurity and impunity continue to threaten human rights progress in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Amnesty International said today. “Although President Tshisekedi has taken some positive steps, such as pardoning political prisoners and allowing exiled critics to return, his government’s failures on accountability mean warlords and suspected perpetrators of appalling violations and abuses remain at large,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Director for Eastern and Southern Africa.
Date: 24 January 2020
NEWS
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
ARMED GROUPS
Democratic Republic of Congo: Government and UN forces must halt wave of killings in Beni
Responding to the killing of at least 70 civilians over the last two weeks in eastern DRC, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Seif Magango said: “It is scandalous that civilians are dying day in, day out while the local police and nearby UN peacekeepers stay put in their camps. It is high time all entities charged with civilian protection in the DRC, including the UN mission, take steps to fulfill their mandate and bring an end to these killings.
Date: 25 November 2019
NEWS
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
KILLINGS AND DISAPPEARANCES
SADC: Leaders must ramp up efforts to protect the security of persons with albinism
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders must ramp up efforts to protect the security of persons with albinism, including by tackling widespread impunity, Amnesty International said today ahead of the 39th SADC Heads of State Summit in Tanzania. Approximately 150 persons with albinism have been killed in countries such as Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2014 for their body parts.
Date: 14 August 2019
NEWS
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
ARMED CONFLICT
DRC: ICC conviction of Ntaganda provides long awaited justice for victims of grotesque crimes
Following today’s International Criminal Court (ICC) conviction of Bosco Ntaganda, former leader of a rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity, Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa welcomed the conviction, saying: “We can only hope that today’s verdict provides some consolation to those affected by the grotesque crimes perpetrated by Ntaganda and paves the way for his victims and their families to finally obtain a measure of justice and reparations.
Date: 8 July 2019
NEWS
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
JUSTICE SYSTEMS
DRC: President must ensure new government appointees not tainted by human rights abuses
As Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) President Felix Tshisekedi presents his scorecard on how he performed in his first 100 days in office on 14 May, he must ensure there is no place in his government for officials suspected of human rights violations, and that any individuals suspected of aiding and abetting such crimes are immediately investigated, Amnesty International said. The country’s parliament and other relevant governmental bodies must thoroughly vet anyone being considered for appointment to public office to keep out individuals suspected of human rights crimes under national and international law, pending the outcome of investigations and trials.
Date: 14 May 2019
RESEARCH
AFRICA
CENSORSHIP AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Improving the Democratic Republic of Congo's abysmal human rights record
A 10-point proposal for President Tshisekedi to ensure that his government prioritizes human rights measures to genuinely and satisfactorily address the dire human rights situation in the country.
Date: 28 February 2019
Ref:
AFR 62/9861/2019
NEWS
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
ARMED GROUPS
DRC: President Tshisekedi must act on human rights
As the Democratic Republic of Congo’s new president Félix Tshisekedi marks one month in office today, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo has called on him to take swift action to address the country’s abysmal human rights record. “As the new president of Democratic Republic of Congo, you have the unique responsibility and opportunity to ensure that your government moves swiftly to reverse the deteriorating human rights situation in the country,” he said, in an open letter, accompanied by a 10-point proposal for addressing the most pressing human rights issues in the central African country.
Date: 24 February 2019
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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
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DRC: 10 human rights priorities for President Tshisekedi
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s new president Felix Tshisekedi should ensure that his government prioritizes the following proposed human rights measures to genuinely and satisfactorily address the dire human rights situation in the country. His new government should: 1. Take concrete steps to improve people’s safety and security by thoroughly and effectively investigating allegations of human rights violations by the security forces and ensuring protection of civilians in conflict-torn areas, particularly Beni, Ituri, Haut-Uélé, Tanganyika and Kasaï, Kwilu and Mai-Ndombe, where security forces have failed in their duty to protect.
Date: 24 February 2019
RESEARCH
AFRICA
CENSORSHIP AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Kumi Naidoo's Open letter to President Felix Tshisekedi
Your Excellency Mr. President, I write to you as Secretary General of Amnesty International, a global movement of more than 7 million people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. I very much welcome the fact that during your inauguration speech on 24 January, you made the commitment to ensure that each citizen of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) enjoys their fundamental rights.
Date: 24 February 2019
Ref:
AFR 62/9853/2019
NEWS
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
CENSORSHIP AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Rwanda: Police officers remain free while protesting Congolese refugees face jail time
Police officers who shot at Congolese refugees protesting cuts to the subsistence allowances and support they received must be investigated and held to account, Amnesty International said, one year after at least 11 refugees were killed in Karongi town and Kiziba refugee camp in western Rwanda. While no official investigation has been published into the killing of protesters, at least 63 refugees are facing charges in connection with the protests which range from ‘participating in and organizing illegal demonstrations’ to ‘spreading false information with intent to create a hostile international opinion against the Rwandan government’.
Date: 22 February 2019
NEWS
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
UN
DRC: UN must investigate disturbing ‘cover-up’ claims over murders of experts
Responding to reports that the United Nations “covered up” information implicating senior Congolese military and security officers in the killing of UN investigators Zaida Catalan and Michael Sharp in March 2017, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes Joan Nyanyuki said: “These allegations are deeply disturbing. It is beyond belief that the UN may have deliberately buried information that would have been critical for bringing to justice those responsible for the murder of its own investigators.
Date: 28 November 2018
NEWS
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
CENSORSHIP AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
DRC: Human rights concerns persist as electoral campaigns kick-off
Election campaigning will take place in a hostile political environment that leaves little room for people to freely and safely exercise their human rights, Amnesty International said ahead of the 22 November start of political campaigns for the long-awaited elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The government maintains a blanket ban on protests other than those organized by politicians close to outgoing President Joseph Kabila.
Date: 21 November 2018
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