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DRC: Further information on Fear of "disappearance" / Fear of ill-treatment/torture / Possible prisoners of conscience

, Index number: AFR 62/025/2000

Six of the seven people held unlawfully by a Rwandese-backed armed opposition group have been released without charge. Gervais Chirhalwira Nkunzimana, Paulin Bapolisi, Aloys Muzalia Wakyebwa, Régine Mutijima, Dr Safari wa Karume and Lusambo wa Karume after their detention by the armed opposition, Congolese Rally for Democracy. There are no reports that they were ill-treated. Dr Safari wa Karume and Lusambo wa Karume health deteriorated as a consequence of the detention, and both need continuing medical treatment. RCD-Goma have not said why they were arrested. Bonheur Badesire Isungu remains in detention. He has reportedly been severely ill-treated. He is accused of having links with local armed groups known as Mayi-Mayi, who oppose to RCD-Goma

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