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DRC: Block on social media images an appalling attack on freedom of expression

In response to a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government order to block the sharing of images on social media websites, Amnesty International’s DRC researcher Jean-Mobert Senga said: “The order for internet companies to take ‘technical measures’ to limit social media use is an appalling attack on everyone’s right to share and receive information. “Most worryingly, it comes amid a worsening political crisis where the risk of human rights violations and abuses – and therefore the importance of social media as a documentation tool - is high.

Date:
8 August 2017
  • News
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Business and Human Rights

DRC: Child labourers must not pay the price for UK’s shift to electric vehicles

Responding to the UK government’s commitment to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040, Mark Dummett, Business and Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International, said: “This is good news for the environment and for air quality, but drivers should be aware that while electric cars may be green, they’re not always clean. “Our research shows that there is a significant risk of cobalt mined by children and adults in appalling conditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo ending up in the batteries of electric cars.

Date:
26 July 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Democratic Republic of Congo: Further information: Activist and his lawyer released without charge: Jean-Marie Kalonji and Sylva Mbikayi

Jean-Marie Kalonji, an activist with the youth movement Quatrieme voie/ il est temps, and his colleague and lawyer Sylva Mbikayi were released without charge on 17 July. The two had been held in incommunicado detention by military intelligence agents since 23 June.

Date:
20 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/6766/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Democratic Republic of Congo: Activist and lawyer held at military facility: Jean-Marie Kalonji and Sylva Mbikayi

Jean-Marie Kalonji, an activist with the youth movement Quatrieme voie/ il est temps, was arrested by military security forces on Friday 23 June in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). His colleague and lawyer Sylva Mbikayi was arrested a few hours later when he attempted to visit Jean-Marie Kalonji where he was detained.

Date:
3 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/6635/2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Democratic Republic of the Congo: The government must provide unhindered movement to the UN Expert Team mandated to collect and preserve evidence on the Kasai crisis

The Human Rights Council (‘the Council’) has adopted a resolution requesting the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to dispatch a team of international experts to collect and preserve information, and to determine the facts and circumstances concerning alleged human rights violations and abuses, and violations of international humanitarian law, in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Date:
23 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/6586/2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Oral statement delivered during the thirty-fifth session of the UN Human Rights Council, 6-23 June 2017

The human rights situation in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) requires immediate action from this Council. Hundreds of extrajudicial executions and other serious violations of international human rights law have been committed by the Armed Forces of the DRC. Violence now affects at least five provinces, and an estimated 500 to 1,000 people have been killed and 1. 3 million1 have been forced to flee their homes.

Date:
22 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6562/2017
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  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Armed Conflict

DRC: Human rights grievances fuelling a “desperate and dangerous” situation

Responding to an urgent appeal by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and nine former African heads of state warning that the future of the DRC is in grave danger, Sarah Jackson, Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn of Africa, and the Great Lakes said: “The launch of this appeal is extremely timely and we echo the concerns raised by Kofi Annan. The Democratic Republic of Congo is a powder-keg of human rights grievances that frequently spill over into violence.

Date:
16 June 2017
  • Research
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Armed Groups

Democratic Republic of the Congo: International Commission of Inquiry needed to ensure justice, truth and reparation for human rights violations and abuses in the Kasai region

Item 10: Amnesty International written statement to the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council (6 - 23 June 2017). Violent conflict in the Kasai region, which has forced 1. 3 million people to flee their homes, requires urgent and immediate action from the UN Human Rights Council. Hundreds of extrajudicial executions and other crimes under international law committed by the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have contributed to a conflict now affecting eight provinces in which an estimated 500 to 1,000 people have been killed.

Date:
12 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6421/2017
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  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Armed Conflict

DR Congo: UN should investigate Kasai violence

The United Nations Human Rights Council should urgently establish a commission of inquiry into the situation in the central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a coalition of 262 Congolese and 9 international nongovernmental organizations said today. The 35th session of the Human Rights Council begins June 6, 2017, in Geneva. “The violence in the Kasai region has caused immense suffering, with Congolese authorities unable or unwilling to stop the carnage or hold those responsible for the abuses to account,” said Ida Sawyer, Central Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

Date:
1 June 2017
  • News
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Unlawful Killings

DRC: Deaths of two UN experts must not be in vain

In response to the killing of two UN experts in Kasai Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “These deaths should not be in vain, but serve as a reminder of the urgent need to end the violence in Kasai Province that has so far claimed more than 400 lives, and which the two UN officials lost their lives trying to shed a light on.

Date:
29 March 2017
  • Research
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Armed Conflict

DRC: Renewal of MONUSCO’s mandate, an opportunity to recommit to civilian protection in the DRC

The mandate renewal of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) is an opportunity for the UN to reaffirm its commitments and step up its efforts to prevent further deterioration of the human rights situation and protect civilians in the DRC and the entire Great Lakes region, Amnesty International said today.

Date:
27 March 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/5971/2017
  • Research
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Armed Conflict

DRC: Amnesty International’s oral statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February-24 March 2017)

Since 2015, Amnesty International has documented patterns of human rights violations and crimes under international law linked to the end of President Kabila’s second and last constitutional term. We have documented the use of disproportionate, excessive and lethal force by the security forces in handling demonstrations.

Date:
21 March 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/5917/2017
  • Research
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Armed Conflict

Democratic Republic of the Congo: SADC leaders should give prominence to addressing human rights violations to prevent further deterioration of the stability of the Great Lakes region

Amnesty International has written to the Heads of State of the Southern African Development Community ahead of the Extraordinary Summit on 18 March in Swaziland on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Date:
17 March 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/5909/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Democratic Republic of Congo: Further Information: LUCHA activist released without charge: Musasa Tshibanda

Musasa Tshibanda, an activist from the youth movement Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was released on 8 February. He was not charged. He had been in incommunicado detention since 16 December 2016 when he was arrested together with another activist, Gloria Senga.

Date:
14 February 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/5660/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Democratic Republic of Congo: Further Information: LUCHA activist in incommunicado detention: Musasa Tshibanda

Youth activist Musasa Tshibanda remains in incommunicado detention after the release of his fellow activist Gloria Senga on 27 December. The authorities did not provide any explanation for the arrest and detention of Gloria Senga. They are both members of the youth movement Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) and went missing on 16 December after meeting with another activist.

Date:
16 January 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/5485/2017