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Urgent Action: Twenty Activists Arrested After Peaceful Sit-In (Democratic Republic of Congo: UA 288/16)

Urgent Action
December 21, 2016
 
Twenty activists of the youth movement Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) were arrested during a peaceful sit-in in the city of Goma on 21 December. They were protesting against President Kabila’s stay in power beyond the end of his second mandate on 19 December.
 
Activists with the youth movement Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) Oswald Kulimushi, André Batundi, Rodrigue Kyamwami, Alvin Bendera, Gloire Mwanzavalere, Amitié Muhindo, William Bahati, Pascal Muhindo, Hercule Biringetse, Paulin Mahamba, Patrick Djuma, Shimi Bahati, Mubalama Kitungu, Rebecca Kabuo, Parfait Muhani, Luc Nkulula, Juvin Kombi, Espoir Muyisa, Antipas Kambale and Claudia Chuma were arrested in the morning of 21 December in the city of Goma, North Kivu, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
 
The youth movement had organised a peaceful sit-in in front of the governor’s office following President Kabila’s stay in power beyond 19 December, the last day of his second, and according to the Constitution, last mandate. They were holding banners saying “Nobody is above the law”, “Bye Bye Kabila” and “Defending the constitution is not a crime”.
 
The group is currently detained in police station P2 in Goma. They are prisoners of conscience, detained solely for having exercised their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.
 
1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
  • Urging the authorities to release the twenty activists detained in Goma immediately and unconditionally;
  • Calling on them to ensure that the twenty activists are not subjected to any torture or other ill-treatment while in detention and are given prompt access to their family, a lawyer of their choosing and any medical attention they may require.
Contact these two officials by 1 February, 2017:
Minister of Justice
Monsieur Alexis Tambwe Mwamba
Ministère de la Justice
228 Avenue de Lemera
BP 3137
Kinshasa-Gombe
DRC
Salutation: Honourable Minister
 
Ambassador François Balumuene
Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo
1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 725, Washington, D.C. 20036
Tel: 202 234 7690 I Fax: 202 234 2609 -OR- 202 223 3377
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
 
2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the number of actions taken on each case and use that information in our advocacy. Either email uan@aiusa.org with “UA 288/16” in the subject line or click this link.
 
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