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Democratic Republic of the Congo

Poor households suffered increased food insecurity as a result of COVID-19 restrictions while prisons were chronically overcrowded. Armed conflicts and inter-communal violence continued in some provinces, resulting in hundreds of deaths and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people....
Africa Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Democratic Republic of Congo: Peaceful activists jailed for ‘defamation’: Claude Lwaboshi Buhazi, Faustin Ombeni Tulinabo, Serge Mikindo Waso

Activists Claude Lwaboshi Buhazi (32), Faustin Ombeni Tulinabo (26) and Serge Mikindo Waso (33), members of the citizen movement, Jicho la Raiya (The Eye of the Citizens) were arrested on 18 February in Kirotshe, in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province, as they were preparing to...
Africa Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Democratic Republic of Congo: Pro-democracy activists arbitrarily detained: Rachel Pilipili, Francois Kahombo Hangi, Justin Mutabesha, Benjamin Kamuntu, Parfait Muhani

Pro-democracy activists Rachel Pilipili, Francois Kahombo Hangi, Justin Mutabesha, Benjamin Kamuntu and Parfait Muhani have been in arbitrary detention since 21 January. They have alleged that they were beaten in the first five days of their detention by security officers. The five were arrested...