Christian Aid calls for end to attacks on DRC human rights activists
June 18, 2010 Leave a comment
Following a violent attack on Emmanuel Lubala Mugisho, the president of a leading Congolese human rights organisation Heritiers de la Justice, Christian Aid is appealing to the international community for increased protection for human rights activists and greater support to the Congolese authorities to bring perpetrators to justice and end the cycle of violence.
Lubala, who is also a provincial deputy in South Kivu and a reverend in the CEPAC protestant church, was robbed and threatened with death by three gunmen in the early hours of Tuesday morning at his family home in Bukavu town, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The death threat comes less than a week after another prominent Congolese human rights activist, Floribert Chebeya, was found dead in the backseat of his car in a suburb of Kinshasa. Chebeya’s driver Fidèle Bazana, also a human rights activist, has been missing since then.
“Christian Aid is deeply concerned by the ongoing attacks and threats against our partners and other Congolese human rights activists,” says Shuna Keen, Christian Aid’s Great Lakes analyst.