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May 9, 2022 • Report

One year on, ‘State of Siege’ used as a tool to crush dissent in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

A State of Siege, which is similar to a state of emergency, enforced in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) authorities since May 2021 has been used as a tool to crush dissent, with two human rights activists killed by security forces and dozens of activists arbitrarily detained on trumped-up charges, Amnesty International said today in a new briefing.

January 3, 2019 • Press Release

DRC: Authorities must reopen media outlets and end crackdown on internet freedom

Following further closures of media outlets and a mounting crackdown on internet and mobile messaging in the wake of elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes Joan Nyanyuki said:

September 28, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Activists Sentenced in Unfair Trial (DRC: UA 38.18)

On 24 September, a court in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) found Grâce Tshiunza, Mino Bopomi, Cedric Kalonji and Carbone Beni guilty of “insulting the president”, “publication of subversive writings” and “civil disobedience”. The same court acquitted Palmer Kabeya. Amnesty International believes that the court’s decision against the four human rights activists is baseless and criminalizes legal and peaceful activism by human rights activists.

February 20, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Pro-Democracy Activists Arbitrarily Detained (Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): UA 39.18)

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 during a peaceful demonstration in Goma.

March 29, 2017 • Press Release

Deaths of two UN experts in DRC 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...

September 21, 2016 • Press Release

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 …

September 13, 2016 • Press Release

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 …

August 30, 2016 • Press Release

DRC: Release of pro-democracy activists cause for celebration

The release of four Congolese pro-democracy activists, including Amnesty International Prisoners of Conscience Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala, is cause for celebration but they remain at risk of re-arrest unless …

August 3, 2016 • Victory

Good News! – Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): Vano Kiboko Released (UA 29/16)

Vano Kiboko, a former Member of Parliament who had been in detention since December 2014, was released from prison on 5 May after completing his sentence.

July 27, 2016 • Press Release

DRC: Release of six youth activists must lead to freedom for all prisoners of conscience

The release yesterday of six youth activists in the Democratic Republic of Congo by way of presidential pardons will be seen as little more than an exercise in window dressing unless all prisoners of conscience and others detained solely for the peaceful exercise of their human rights are freed, said Amnesty International.

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