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Africa Censorship and Freedom of Expression

DRC: Legal analysis of DRC legislation on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly: How national legislation and policies fall short of international human rights standards, and the urgency to change the situation

This commentary examines the lack of adequate legislation and policies to effectively enforce the provisions of the Constitution of DRC relating to the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, in compliance with international standards. It also reviews the impact of this legislative gap in respect to...
Africa Armed Conflict

DRC: Open letter re: Creating a dedicated country-wide human rights monitoring and reporting mechanism on the Democratic Republic of Congo at the UN Human Rights Council

In this open letter Congolese, regional, and international organizations write to urge the delegation to support the creation of a country-wide human rights monitoring and reporting mechanism. The ongoing human rights violations committed by Congolese security forces and armed groups throughout the...
Democratic Republic of the Congo Armed Conflict

Democratic Republic of Congo: Human Rights Council must ensure accountability for serious human rights violations committed in the Kasais

Despite an apparent de-escalation of the fighting between Government forces and the Kamuena Nsapu since mid-2017, serious human rights violations and abuses continue to be committed in the Kasaï region, including extrajudicial killings, sexual assaults against women, and forced recruitment of...
Africa Armed Conflict

Renewing and expanding the Human Rights Council-mandated investigation into human rights violations and abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai Region

In this open letter, human rights organizations urge support for the renewal and expansion of the investigation into human rights violations and abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region under item 4 of the UN Human Rights Council agenda at its 38th session. The violations committed...