11/21/2018

Urgent Action: Activists’ Whereabouts Unknown After Arrest (Democratic Republic of Congo: UA 196.18)


Activists Arsene Katolo, Alain Muwaka, Oto Shaminga, Heritier Losomba, Miko Booto, Enoch Muanda and Mwanza are being held incommunicado at an unknown location in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They were arrested on 11 September in the capital Kinshasa while distributing leaflets against plans to use voting machines in the upcoming elections. 

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Activists Arsene Katolo, Alain Muwaka, Oto Shaminga, Heritier Losomba, Miko Booto, Enoch Muanda and Mwanza are being held incommunicado at an unknown location in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They were arrested on 11 September in the capital Kinshasa while distributing leaflets against plans to use voting machines in the upcoming elections.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Urging the DRC authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Arsene Katolo, Alain Muwaka, Oto Shaminga, Heritier Losomba, Miko Booto, Enoch Muanda and Mwanza detained solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly;
  • Calling on them to ensure that, pending their release, the seven activists are not subjected to torture and other ill-treatment and are allowed access to their families and lawyers of their choosing;
  • Urging them to investigate allegations that the seven activists were beaten up while in the custody of security officers and ensure anyone found responsible is brought to justice in fair trials.

Contact these two officials by 1 January 2019:

Minister of Justice
Monsieur Alexis Tambwe Mwamba

Ministère de la Justice
228 Avenue de Lemera BP 3137
Kinshasa-Gombe DRC
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Honourable Minister

Ambassador François Nkuna Balumuene
Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
1100 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 725

Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: 202 234 7690 | Fax: 202 234 2609
Email: [email protected]
Contact form: https://bit.ly/2DT1ubC
Twitter: @DRCNotes
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

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