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Report | Democratic Republic of the Congo Communications: May 1, 2011 to February 28, 2017

Feb 28 2016

This page summarizes cases raised with the Democratic Republic of the Congo by the Special Rapporteur between May 1, 2011, (when the Special Rapporteur took up his functions) and February 28, 2017 (the date of the last public release of communications). Communications are released to the public once per year. This page also contains observations on these communications and on responses received from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Communications and observations are divided into sections based upon which observation report they originally appeared. Each communication is referenced as urgent appeal (UA), allegation letter (AL), joint urgent appeal (JUA) and joint allegation letter (JAL) – the hyperlinks lead to these documents. This is followed by the date the communication was issued, as well as the case number and the State reply (also hyperlinked if available). Summaries and communications are published only in the language of submission (in the case of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, French). First Report (May 1, 2011 to March 15, 2012) None Second Report (March 16, 2012 to February 28, 2013) Joint urgent appeal, 20/09/2012. Case no. COD 4/2012. State Reply: Aucune à ce jour. Allégations de la détention d'un militant associatif et de la disparition forcée d'un militant... Continue reading →

News | DRC: UN experts urge Government to lift “abusive” restrictions on protesters to head off violence

Dec 19 2016

GENEVA – United Nations experts, including Maina Kiai, are calling on the authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to lift political restrictions which they say are curbing people’s rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association. These restrictions, which include a de facto ban on all public political rallies and meetings in the country’s main cities, were introduced over the past year and were reiterated with an announcement issued on 1 December banning organizations not registered. “These measures have most recently affected the citizens’ movements LUCHA and Filimbi, both young citizen movements aiming at promoting political participation, which recently launched a public awareness campaign calling for respect for the Constitution,” said the UN experts. “These measures are in violation of international human rights conventions to which the government in Kinshasa is a signatory, and breaches the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders,” they stressed. The DRC has recently known a wave of protests from demonstrators concerned that President Joseph Kabila will refuse to step down from office today - 19 December - when his second and final term under the current constitutional arrangements is due to end. Elections to replace him have been... Continue reading →

News | RDC: des experts des droits de l’homme de l’ONU exigent la fin de l’interdiction « injustifiée » des manifestations

Nov 03 2016

(English) GENÈVE – Un groupe d’experts des droits de l’homme des Nations Unies  a aujourd’hui appelé les autorités de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) à lever une interdiction « injustifiée » des manifestations dans la capitale, Kinshasa, dans le contexte de la modification du calendrier électoral reportant les élections présidentielles. L’interdiction a été imposée en septembre après une série de grandes manifestations qui ont été brutalement réprimées par les forces de sécurité, laissant des dizaines de personnes mortes et blessées. «Les droits à la liberté d’expression et à la liberté de réunion pacifique et d’association sont des droits fondamentaux garantis par le droit international. Ces droits ne peuvent être limités que dans des circonstances très précises et étroitement définies », ont déclaré les experts. « Il est clair que la situation actuelle en RDC ne justifie pas l’interdiction générale des manifestations dans certaines villes », ont-ils noté. En effet, étant donné que le pays se trouve dans une période électorale hautement contestée, les citoyens devraient avoir davantage d’espace pour exprimer leurs libertés fondamentales.» Depuis que l’interdiction des manifestations à Kinshasa a pris effet le... Continue reading →

News | Democratic Republic of Congo: UN rights experts urge end to ‘unjustified’ ban on protests

Nov 03 2016

(français) GENEVA - A group of United Nations human rights experts has called on authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to lift an “unjustified” ban on protests in the capital, Kinshasa, amid social discontent over delayed presidential elections. The ban was imposed in September after a series of large demonstrations that were brutally supressed by security forces, reportedly leaving dozens of people dead and injured. “The rights to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly and of association are fundamental rights guaranteed by international law. These rights can only be restricted in very specific and narrowly defined circumstances,” the experts said. “It is clear that the current situation in the DRC does not justify a general ban on demonstrations in several cities,” they noted. “In fact, given that the country is in a hotly disputed election period, people should be given more space, not less, to express their democratic freedoms.” Since the ban on protests in Kinshasa took effect on 22 September, at least four demonstrations have been cancelled. The UN experts have also raised fears over the National Dialogue agreement which took effect in October, postponing presidential elections beyond the constitutional deadline. The agreement... Continue reading →

News | The Assembly and Association Briefing, Vol. 3, No. 6 (Issue 23) – September-October 2016

Oct 07 2016

Issue No. 23 of the Assembly and Association Briefing, the newsletter of Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. In this issue: • Kiai to present final report to UN General Assembly, examining assembly and association rights in the workplace • The 10 principles checklist: rate your country’s management of assemblies • South Korea: Kiai calls for investigation into lethal use of water cannon • Jordan: UN rights expert Kaye condemns killing of journalist Nahed Hattar • Sudan: Charges against rights activists could bring death penalty • DR Congo: UN experts deeply condemn new violent repression of protests • Ecuador: UN rights experts condemn ‘legal death’ of prominent teachers association UNE • USA: “Indigenous peoples must be consulted prior to pipeline construction” • Assembly & association rights: By the numbers • Special Rapporteur news in brief: September-October 2016 • World briefing: Assembly & association rights in the news For a link to the newsletter, click on the image at right or click here (5MB file). To subscribe to our newsletter, please drop us a line at info@freeassembly.net with the subject line “subscribe to newsletter.” For other recent... Continue reading →

News | DR Congo: UN human rights experts deeply condemn new violent repression of protests

Sep 23 2016

GENEVA – Two United Nations human rights experts today urged the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to put an immediate end to the disproportionate use of force against the exercise of the freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression in the country. According to information received, more than 80 people have been reportedly killed, hundreds injured, thousands arrested and at least 225 demonstrations have been squashed or banned since protests began in January 2015 against proposed reforms to the electoral law that could allow current President Joseph Kabila to stay in office beyond the constitutional limit of two terms. Details are still being verified and other sources report much higher figures. Human rights defenders, journalists and opposition leaders have reportedly been particularly targeted by the Congolese National Police, the National Intelligence Agency, the Republican Guard and the armed forces. “The DRC security forces have repeatedly used excessive force to quash protests related to proposed presidential elections, firing teargas and live ammunition into crowds of protestors and inflicting numerous casualties,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai. “People’s demand for a legal and peaceful... Continue reading →