07/27/2018

Urgent Action: YOUTH ACTIVISTS RISK THREE YEARS IMPRISONMENT (Democratic Republic of Congo: UA 38.18)


After more than 160 days in incommunicado detention, pro-democracy youth activists Grâce Tshiunza, Mino Bopomi, Cedric Kalonji and Carbone Beni were brought to court on 19 June and charged. The four were arrested in Kinshasa on 30 December 2017 while mobilizing the public to participate in a peaceful demonstration organised by the Lay Coordination Committee (CLC) of the Catholic Church.

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After more than 160 days in incommunicado detention, pro-democracy youth activists Grâce Tshiunza, Mino Bopomi, Cedric Kalonji and Carbone Beni were brought to court on 19 June and charged. The four were arrested in Kinshasa on 30 December 2017 while mobilizing the public to participate in a peaceful demonstration organised by the Lay Coordination Committee (CLC) of the Catholic Church.

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

  • Urging the Congolese authorities to release Grâce Tshiunza, Mino Bopomi, Cedric Kalonji, Carbone Ben and Palmer Kabeya immediately and unconditionally;
  • Calling on them to ensure that, pending their release, the five activists are not subjected to torture and other ill-treatment while in detention.

Contact these two officials by 7 September, 2018:
Minister of Justice
Monsieur Alexis Tambwe Mwamba

Ministère de la Justice
228 Av de Lemera
Kinshasa-Gombe
BP 3137
Democratic Republic of Congo
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
Phone: 202.234.7690 I Fax: 202.234.2609
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 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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