13 LUCHA defenders sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for peaceful protest – a stain on the rule of law so highly praised by the authorities in the DR Congo.

JOINT STATEMENT 13 LUCHA defenders sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for peaceful protest – a stain on the rule of law so highly praised by the authorities in the DR Congo. 01 April 2022 We, the signatory organisations, deplore the unfounded and unjust condemnation of the thirteen human rights defenders (HRDs) of the LUCHA by […]

A one month delay in the verdict of the 13 LUCHA defenders– release them now

9 March 2022 – We, the undersigned organisations, express our dismay that the Beni Garrison Military Tribunal has not yet announced a verdict in the case of the 13 LUCHA human rights defenders (HRDs) from Beni, North Kivu. According to legal statutes, this verdict was due within 30 days of the final court hearing, by […]

Celebration of the Women Human Rights Defenders Day in DR Congo

By Ephrem Chiruza “We will not stop until all human rights defenders enjoy their right to defend human rights by creating an enabling environment for this work to continue,” said Susan Muriungi, Protection International (PI) Africa Regional Director during the celebration of Women Human Rights Defenders Day held at the Dutch Embassy Liaison Office in […]

Launch of the Protection Network for Women Human Rights Defenders in DR Congo

[DR Congo] On November 29, the world celebrates Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) Day. On this occasion, Protection International (PI) is pleased to explain more about the challenges that WHRDs face on a daily basis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), especially in the eastern provinces— where women and girls have continued […]

The Dire Working Environment for Women Human Rights Defenders in DR Congo

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), especially in the eastern part of the country, over two decades of armed conflict and political instability have deteriorated the working conditions for human rights defenders. In 2020, the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) documented 7,909 human rights violations and abuses throughout the DR Congo. […]

450K People Forced to Flee Volcanic Eruption in Goma

Human rights defenders and Protection International staff were forced to put their work on hold, while Nyiragongo volcano erupted in their backyard June 2021 – “The volcanic eruption of Nyiragongo came like a thief. The early warning system did not alert us as early as possible; the lava came suddenly and people were in total […]

DR Congo Should Prioritise Justice for Serious Crimes

(Kinshasa, April 29, 2021) – The Democratic Republic of Congo’s newly appointed government should adopt a clear strategy for holding those suspected of criminal responsibility for grave human rights violations accountable, a coalition of 50 Congolese and international nongovernmental groups said today. President Felix Tshisekedi’s new government, led by Prime Minister Sama Lukonde, has a […]

Women Human Rights Defenders in DR Congo Create a Protection Network

With Protection International’s support, women human rights defenders unite to form a network and strengthen their protection On 12 March 2021, 44 women human rights defenders (WHRDs) who operate in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), a region was shaken by conflict and violence from armed forces, created a network to join their […]

PI and 43 human rights organisations advocate for the protection of Dr Denis Mukwege

44 human rights organisations advocate for the protection of Dr Denis Mukwege – 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate – who is facing serious threats after denouncing a massacre of civilians in Kipupu in Mwenga Territory (South Kivu Province), DR Congo. Goma/Nairobi/Brussels, 19 August 2020 – The undersigned organisations of this press release denounce the serious […]