09/28/2018

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.

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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.

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

  • Calling the DRC authorities to release Grâce Tshiunza, Mino Bopomi, Cedric Kalonji and Carbone Beni immediately and unconditionally;
  • Urging them to ensure that pending their release, the human rights activists are not subjected to torture and other ill-treatment while in detention.

Contact these two officials by 09 November 2018:

Minister of Justice
Alexis Tambwe Mwamba

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

Ambassador François Nkuna 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
Contact form: https://ambardcusa.org/contact-us/
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @DRCNotes
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 38.18.
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the actions taken on each case—letters, emails, calls and tweets—and use that information in our advocacy.

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