On Tuesday, 18 September at 14:00 in Room XXV (Palais des Nations), join us for a side-event that will explore the human rights, security and political situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The deteriorating conditions have forced 4.5 million Congolese to leave their homes, and more than 100,000 to flee abroad.
Ahead of presidential elections scheduled for later this year, a panel of defenders, experts and victims of human rights violations will meet to make recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council on how to holistically address the protracted crisis in the DRC and ensure free and fair elections.
• Abbé Donatien Nshole, National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO)
• Epimack Kwokwo, Ligue des droits de la personne dans la région des Grands Lacs
• Grace Kabera, Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA)
Moderator: Clementine de Montjoye, CIVICUS
Please note that this event can be seen in livestream on CIVICUS Facebook page.
In parallel, 47 civil society organizations have signed and sent a joint letter requesting the Human Rights Council to set up a dedicated monitoring and reporting mechanism on the human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the context of the current crisis. Please find below the full text in French and English.