“Voices of Defenders in DRC ” denounces the shrinking space for human rights defenders (HRDs) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo who struggle in a context of rising political unrest. Protection International advocates for better protection of HRDs so they can continue their activities safely. The PI team in DRC stands as a security mediator enabling HRDs to improve their protection techniques through tools and trainings. PI supports consultations, non violence and cooperation with local authorities to ensure and promote a safe, sustainable working environment for HRDs.
To launch the campaign, Protection International is supporting the exhibition “Unsung” featuring a photo reportage and portraits of human rights defenders in RDC by Anette Brolenius. The project looks to recognize the tireless fight of Congolese HRDs, 2014 Sakharov prize laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege and the Panzi hospital staff in Buvaku, South Kivu who put themselves at risk everyday in order to protect the rights of others.
The exhibition was displayed at the Rotterdam photo festival from 9th-12th February 2017.
Location: Deliplein, Katendrecht, 3072AN Rotterdam
Thursday 9th Feb 17.00 – 21.00
Friday 10th Feb 12.00 – 21.00
Saturday 11th Feb 11.00 – 19.00
Sunday 12th Feb 11.00 – 19.00
Find more information here.
Dr. Mukwege Interview
Dr. Mukwege sat down with Protection International last year and shared his concerns about the situation human rights defenders and journalists are facing in Congo and the strategies that need to be implemented in order to protect them. Watch the interview here
UNSR visit to DRC
|Following a statement urging Congolese authorities “to immediately cease the targeted repression against civil society and to uphold the human rights commitments ratified by the DRC” last December, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, Michel Forst made a visit to DRC from 12th-15th of February 2017 to assess the current situation of HRDs. Find more information about the UNSR visit at this page.|
Tools for defenders
The research and training Unit from PI has released the guide “10 good security practices for human rights defenders” providing physical and digital security tips to HRDS. Find more information here.
Situation in Congo: