DRC: NGOs Challenge Kabila After The Repression Of The Demonstrations In January
More than 600 Congolese NGOs supported by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) seeking justice for the victims of the recent violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) against an amendment to the electoral law, and the release of opposition in an open letter to President Joseph Kabila published Monday.
In this “open letter to President Kabila about the protests in January 2015,” 666 member organizations of the FIDH ask “justice and reparation” for “all victims of serious human rights violations” and “the institution of criminal proceedings and disciplinary actions against the perpetrators “of violence.
They also demanded the release of several opposition figures or arrested in the wake of events, including that of Christopher Mutamba Ngoy, a community activist disappeared since January 21 in Kinshasa. Mr. Ngoy presided organizing human rights Synergie Congo Culture and Development.
January 19, protests broke out in Kinshasa and other cities including Goma; the capital of the province of North Kivu (east), against a draft revision of the electoral law may allow Kabila, in office since 2001, to remain in power after 2016, while the Constitution forbids him to stand for a third term.
This provision of the law was withdrawn after four days of violence, but the new electoral law has not allayed the fears of those who fear Kabila will cling to power after November 2016.
The unrest, which quickly turned into riots and looting, were thirteen to 42 deaths, according to sources.