Urgent Action: Activists Risk Prison After Peaceful Protest (Democratic Republic of Congo: UA 218.17)

September 22, 2017

Congolese pro-democracy activists Jean Mulenda, Patrick Mbuya, Jean-Pierre Tshibitshabu and Eric Omari were sentenced to eight months in prison on 30 August. They have appealed the sentence. A fifth activist, Timothée Mbuya (*pictured*) is still facing trial. The five were arrested on 31 July for their involvement in public protests demanding the publication of the elections calendar. They are currently in custody.

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

  • Urging the DRC authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Jean Mulenda, Timothée Mbuya, Patrick Mbuya, Jean-Pierre Tshibitshabu and Eric Omari, as they are prisoners of conscience detained solely for peacefully exercising their human rights;
  • Urging the authorities to ensure that, pending their release, the guards stop extorting money from families and lawyers.

Contact these two officials by 3 November 2017:

Minister of Justice
Mr. Alexis Tambwe Mwamba
Ministère de la Justice
228 Avenue de Lemera
BP 3137 Kinshasa-Gombe DRC
Email: [email protected]
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
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

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