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Zaire: Ill-treatment / medical concern

, Index number: AFR 62/027/1996

Willy Misihiki, former parliamentarian, Joseph Olenga Nkoy, parliamentarian, and dozens of others held incommunicado throughout Kinshasa: Amnesty International is concerned for the health and safety of the above men, currently detained incommunicado in Kinshasa. It appears that both detainees were beaten at the time of the arrest and need medical treatment. Willy Misihiki was detained apparently for his involvement in student demonstrations. Joseph Olenga Nkoy was arrested after a press conference in which he criticized the role of the governmentn in dealing with the conflict in the east of Zaire. Both of them have been charged with an "attack on state security".

EXTERNAL AI Index: AFR 62/27/96
UA 283/96 Ill-treatment / Medical concern 4 December 1996
ZAIREWilly Mishiki, former parliamentarian
Joseph Olenga Nkoy, parliamentarian
Dozens of others held incommunicado throughout Kinshasa
Amnesty International is concerned for the health and safety of Willy Mishiki
and Joseph Olenga Nkoy, currently detained incommunicado in the Zaïrian capital,
Kinshasa, after receiving detailed information on their conditions of
detention. It appears that both detainees were beaten at the time of the arrest
and have recently been threatened with further beatings. Both detainees need
medical treatment for wounds sustained as a result of the beatings. In addition
Willy Mishiki is a diabetic and needs insulin. They are being held in isolation
cells with no bedding and food is frequently denied.
Willy Mishiki, a former deputy minister in Zaire, was arrested on 11 November
1996 by members of the Service d'actions et renseignements militaires (SARM),
Military Intelligence Service, apparently for his involvement in student
demonstrations which took place in Kinshasa in early November. Joseph Olenga
Nkoy, opposition parliamentarian, was arrested after a press conference on
19 November 1996 in which he criticized the role of the government in dealing
with the conflict in the east of Zaire. Both of them have been charged with
an "attack on state security". They are being held under a 1961 emergency
law permitting incommunicado detention under the auspices of the Ministry of
Interior in Service national d'intelligence et protection (SNIP), National
Service for Intelligence and Protection, cells in Kinshasa.
Amnesty International delegates in Kinshasa last week demanded permission to
visit these detainees and others in cells throughout the capital, but were
denied the necessary authorization from the Ministry of the Interior. Family
members bringing food, medical personnel and lawyers have also been refused
access.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Fighting in eastern Zaire, and the subsequent takeover of Zaïrian territory
by rebels has served to heighten political tensions in Kinshasa. In late October
dozens of arrests of civilians and military accused of being accomplices with
the rebels took place. Many of those arrested are believed to be still detained
incommunicado throughout the capital.
Well-known members of the opposition, and others prepared to speak out against
the government's policy regarding the conflict have come under pressure to
remain silent, after threats of aggression or as in this case, actual arrest.
A number of human rights activists who have questioned these arrests and others
have also been threatened.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail
letters in french or your own language:
- demanding that Willy Mishiki and Joseph Olenga Nkoy and others held in cells
throughout the capital be given immediate access to medical personnel, their
families and others bringing food and their lawyers;
- urging an inquiry in allegations of beatings and torture threats;
- seeking assurances that these detainees and others will not be beaten or
ill-treated whilst in detention;
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- seeking assurances that all political detainees are given a prompt and fair
trial.
APPEALS TO:
Prime Minister
Monsieur Léon KENGO Wa Dondo
Premier Ministre
Hôtel du Conseil Exécutif
Avenue des 3Z
Kinshasa - Gombe, ZAIRE
Faxes: + 243 88 42062
Telegrams: Premier Ministre, Kinshasa, Zaire
Salutation: Monsieur le Premier Ministre
Minister of Justice
Monsieur Joseph Nsinga Udju
Ministre de la Justice et Garde des sceaux
Ministère de la Justice
BP 3137, Kinshasa - Gombe, ZAIRE
Fax: +243 88 43778 (if voice: "je voudrais envoyer un fax")
Telegrams: Ministre Nsinga, Kinshasa, Zaire
Salutation: Monsieur le Ministre / Dear Minister
Minster of Interior
Monsieur Gérard Kamanda WA Kamanda
Ministre de l'Intérieur
Hotel du Conseil exécutif
Kinshasa-Gombe
République de Zaire
Faxes: + 243 88 42062
Telegrams: Ministre de l'Interieur, Kinshasa, Zaire
Salutation: Monsieur le Ministre / Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
Le General BARAMOTO
Chef d’Etat-major general des
Forcees armees zairoises (FAZ)
Ministere de la defense nationale
Kinshasa-Ngaliema
Zaire
and to diplomatic representatives of Zaire accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 18 January 1996.

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