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DRC: Further information on Incommunicado detention/fear of ill-treatment: Sister Antho FARI

, Index number: AFR 62/034/1999

Following extensive national and international pressure, Sister Antho Fari was granted a conditional release on 7 December. She was said to be in poor health, having been denied drugs to treat her diabetes and held in very poor conditions.

PUBLIC AI Index: AFR 62/34/99
Further information on UA 293/99 (AFR 62/31/99, 8 November 1999) - Incommunicado
detention/fear of ill-treatment
9 December 1999
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGOSister Antho FARI, Prison humanitarian worker
Following extensive national and international pressure, Sister Antho Fari
was granted a conditional release on 7 December. She was said to be in poor
health, having been denied drugs to treat her diabetes and held in very poor
conditions. Although she has not yet been charged with any offence, the
conditions of her release prohibit her from leaving the capital, Kinshasa.
Sister Antho Fari, a nun from Katanga province, has been a prison visitor for
many years. Many prisoners rely on her and her colleagues for such basic
necessities as food, clothes and medicine. On 4 November police questioned
her about her work with inmates at a high-security prison in Katanga, and
arrested her the next day. She was moved to the capital, Kinshasa, on 6 November.
No further action is requested by the Urgent Action Network. Many thanks to
all those who sent appeals. However, those participants who wish to do so may
send a final round of telegrams/e-mails/express/airmail letters, in French
or your own language:
- calling for the conditions on Sister Antho’s release to be lifted.
(Amnesty calls for the unconditional release of prisoners of conscience, and
Sister Antho is confined to Kinshasa, unable to return to her home in Katanga)
APPEALS TO:
President
Président Laurent-Désiré KABILA
Président de la République, Présidence de la République
Kinshasa-Ngaliema, Democratic Republic of Congo
Telegrams: President, Kinshasa, DR Congo
e-mail: UPP@ic.cd
Salutation: Monsieur le Président de la République / Dear President
Minister of Justice
Monsieur Mwenze KONGOLO
Ministre de la justice
Ministere de la justice
BP 3137 Kinshasa-Gombe, Democratic Republic of Congo
COPIES TO:
Minister of Human Rights
Monsieur SHE OKITUNDU
Ministre de Droits humains
Ministère de Droits humain
Kinshasa-Gombe
République Démocratique du Congo
and to diplomatic representatives of the Democratic Republic of Congo accredited
to your country.

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