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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
  • News
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Internet and Social Media

DRC must rescind order to block social media sites

In response to reports that the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have ordered internet firms to block access to social media sites on 18 December, Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “The social media shutdown on the eve of the end of President Kabila’s mandate is a blatant attempt to keep the Congolese people in the dark at a critical time, and must be rescinded immediately.

Date:
15 December 2016
  • Campaigns
  • United States of America
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Your words really did change lives

In the run-up to Write for Rights 2016, we look back at what your words achieved last year, reminding us that the simple act of writing has a power all its own. Last year Amnesty supporters across the world wrote an astonishing 3. 7 million letters, messages, emails, tweets and much more as part of Write for Rights. From Afghanistan to Zambia, dedicated campaigners, students, school kids and loads of others got on board.

Date:
25 November 2016
  • News
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Demonstrations

DRC: Deadly protest violence must be averted

Rising tensions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are being stoked by crackdowns on freedom of expression and peaceful protests, posing a deadly risk of further violence, Amnesty International said today, one month ahead of the day President Joseph Kabila’s constitutionally-mandated second term will end. Since anti-Kabila protests began in 2014, government security forces have killed dozens of protesters and imprisoned many others on trumped-up charges or following unfair trials.

Date:
18 November 2016
  • News
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Corporate Accountability

Electric cars: Running on child labour?

Leading electric car makers must come clean to their consumers about the steps they are taking to keep child labour out of their supply chains, and be open about any abuses that they do find, Amnesty International said today, ahead of the Paris Motor Show where new models of electric cars will be displayed. Leading electric car makers General Motors (GM), Renault-Nissan and Tesla have failed to disclose the steps they are taking to ensure that cobalt mined by child labourers as young as seven in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is not used in their batteries.

Date:
30 September 2016
  • News
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Unlawful Killings

DRC: Authorities must not fan the flames of unrest with violence

The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) must show restraint in their handling of protests to ensure that they do not inflame tensions in the country, and conduct thorough, prompt, impartial and transparent investigations into killings and violence that took place at opposition rallies in Kinshasa yesterday, Amnesty International said today. The government has said 17 people, including three police officers, were killed at rallies held to demand that the electoral commission announce the date of the next presidential election, while the opposition parties put the death toll at more than 50 protesters.

Date:
20 September 2016
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Dismantling dissent: Repression of expression amidst electoral delays

President Joseph Kabila’s second, and according to the constitution, last term as president of the DRC ends on 19 December 2016. By September, it is increasingly clear that presidential elections will not be held within constitutional timelines. At the same time, Congolese authorities are increasingly repressing politicians and civil society actors who challenge the notion of the incumbent retaining office after this date.

Date:
15 September 2016
Ref:
AFR 62/4761/2016
  • News
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Demonstrations

DRC: Chilling crackdown on dissent amidst election delays

The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have overseen a systematic crackdown on opponents of President Joseph Kabila’s attempt to stay in power beyond the constitutionally mandated second term, Amnesty International said today. In a new report, ‘Dismantling dissent: DRC’s repression of expression amidst electoral delays’ Amnesty International says the DRC government is using state institutions to prevent people who oppose a prolongation of President Kabila’s term in office to organize and express themselves.

Date:
14 September 2016