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The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe announced at a press conference on Friday that some of the country’s political prisoners would be released. He also said bans on two media outlets close to the opposition would be lifted…
Composite photo showing, clockwise from upper left, activists Fred Bauma, Yves Makwambala, Jean-Marie Kalonji, and Christopher Ngoyi.
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(Kinshasa) – Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should immediately drop the apparently politically motivated case against a member of parliament. Muhindo Nzangi was sentenced to three years in prison over comments he made on a radio program…
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(New York) - Human Rights Watch has won three prestigious Webby Awards for its video and multimedia work, drawing attention to human rights crises in Colombia and Congo. The winning projects tell the stories of brave human rights defenders and survivors…
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Among the heads of state who gather for the United Nations General Assembly every September, the President of Rwanda Paul Kagame has always glittered a little brighter, appearing to have more friends and admirers in New York than any other head of state…
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(New York) - The award of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama should encourage him to apply his stated principles to both foreign and domestic human rights policy, Human Rights Watch said today. The Nobel committee awarded the prize…
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"We Will Crush You" The Restriction of Political Space in the Democratic Republic of Congo Map of the Democratic Republic of Congo I. Summary Methodology II. Recommendations To the Congolese Government To the Congolese National Assembly and Senate To…
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(Kinshasa) - Congolese state security forces have killed an estimated 500 people and detained about 1,000 more, many of whom have been tortured, in the two years since elections that were meant to bring democracy, Human Rights Watch said in a report…
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(New York, June 9, 2006) – When U.N. Security Council members visit the Democratic Republic of Congo on June 11 and 12, they should insist that the transitional government protect the rights of journalists and human rights defenders, who have increasingly…
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(Geneva) — With a membership that includes governments responsible for crimes against humanity, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights meeting in Geneva next week must take dramatic steps to restore its sinking credibility, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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(New York) - Human rights defenders in the Democratic Republic of Congo are under increasing attack, Human Rights Watch said in a backgrounder on freedom of expression and freedom of assembly released today. In the past few years, the main rebel groups…
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(New York) - Soldiers of the Rwandan-backed Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD) have been rounding up and summarily executing suspected backers of a short-lived mutiny in Kisangani, the third-largest city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Human Rights…
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(New York) - The head of a Congolese non-governmental organization from Uvira has been detained and severely beaten by the rebel Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD), Human Rights Watch said today. Security agents in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi,…
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(New York) - Human Rights Watch today sharply criticized the public beatings, detentions, and ill-treatment of at least thirteen leading human rights activists in the rebel-held town of Bukavu, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The latest intimidation…
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Human Rights Watch called on the government of President Kabila to immediately release five jailed journalists, and to reverse a ban on ten private and church-owned radio and television stations. Time and again, the Congolese government and rebels have…