Democratic Republic of Congo: Victims of brutal crackdowns between 2015 and 2018 deserve justice now.

In the lead up to the December 2018 elections, we documented gross human rights violations in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The DRC government brutally clamped down on peaceful protests organized by the opposition and civil society groups against the extension of President Kabila’s time in power beyond the 10 years (2 terms of 5 years) allowed by the constitution. 

Between 2015 and 2018, 300 Congolese were killed in relation to this brutal repression, according to the UN. Youth were systematically and brutally attacked by security forces. Opposition members were systematically arrested, forced to flee into exile and prevented from freely expressing their opinions.  

On 30 December 2018, the presidential elections were finally held, and Felix Tshisekedi was declared the winner. On 24 January 2019, he was sworn in as president, succeeding Joseph Kabila who held the power since 2001. President Tshisekedi’s   party, Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), has over the past three decades campaigned for justice and the rule of law in the DRC. Now in command, he can act against impunity in DRC.  

Please join us in demanding that President Tshisekedi ensure that those allegedly responsible of the crimes and other serious human rights violations are prosecuted.  

Demand that victims and their families receive adequate reparations.  

Tell him to take effective measures to prevent brutally against future protesters.