July 5, 2017

Urgent Action: Activist And Lawyer Held At Military Facility (Democratic Republic of the Congo: UA 162.17)


Jean-Marie Kalonji, an activist with the youth movement Quatrieme voie/ il est temps, was arrested by military security forces on Friday 23 June in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). His colleague and lawyer Sylva Mbikayi was arrested a few hours later when he attempted to visit Jean-Marie Kalonji where he was detained.

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Jean-Marie Kalonji, an activist with the youth movement Quatrieme voie/ il est temps, was arrested by military security forces on Friday 23 June in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). His colleague and lawyer Sylva Mbikayi was arrested a few hours later when he attempted to visit Jean-Marie Kalonji where he was detained.

1) TAKE ACTION

Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Calling on the Congolese authorities to release Jean-Marie Kalonji and Sylva Mbikayi immediately and unconditionally;
  • Calling on them to ensure that Jean-Marie Kalonji and Sylva Mbikayi have full and immediate access to a lawyer of their choosing, family members and medical assistance;
  • Urging the Congolese authorities to guarantee that Jean-Marie Kalonji and Sylva Mbikayi are not subjected to torture and other ill-treatment.

Contact these two officials by 11 August, 2017:

Minister of Human Rights
Mrs. Marie-Ange Mushobekwa
Ministère des droits humain
Place Royal
Kinshasa-Gombe
Democratic Republic of Congo
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear 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
Fax: 202 234 2609 -OR- 202 223 3377
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION

Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 162.17
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