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Urgent action - 28-6-2008

Congo: Activist of Human Rights and against impunity detained /
Localisation unclear

Guy Kitwe Mulunda Two days ago, at the International Day for the Support of Torture Survivors, June 26, 2008, Mr. Guy Kitwe Mulunda has been arrested in the night just after a special Radio & TV program on the situation of torture and impunity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
At the moment we don’t know exactly where he has been detained.

Here is a translation Mr. Kitwe Mulunda's message given on 26 June 2008 at the Radio and TV station:

"Despite widespread optimism following the 2006 elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, violence against civilians, political repression, and impunity has continued. More than 300 persons linked to the opposition including journalists and members of civil society have been tortured brutally in the DRC in 2008.
In the Eastern area in the DRC, armed groups are accused of serious human rights violations, particularly on women and continue to kill civilians.
According to the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC), recruitment and
re-recruitment of children has been ongoing from early 2007 and has continued throughout the mixage process in 2008. The newly established mixed brigades killed scores of civilians and committed rapes and other abuses in their operations against the Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). A further 350, 000 people joined the hundreds of thousands already displaced.
According to Human Rights Watch, soldiers and police killed more than 100 persons protesting corruption in the Bas Congo provincial elections in Western DRC. The soldiers and bodyguards of opposition leader Jean Pierre Bemba clashed with government soldiers in the heart of Kinshasa, leaving hundreds of civilians dead.
There is absence of a mechanism for demanding accountability and punishing rights violations in the DRC because the Congolese judicial system is characterized by political interference and corruption.
As a State which has ratified the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the Democratic Republic of Congo should prevent torture and fight against ill treatment of civilians in the DRC territory.” (For more information see original in French)

Mr. Guy Kitwe Mulunda is a health professional and human rights activist.
Since 2005 he has been Executive Director for SAVE CONGO,
http://www.savecongo.populus.org, in the DRC. Medical Care service for refugees is colaborating with SAVE CONGO within the international Network "Justice heals", http://www.justice-heals.org.
Furthermore Mr. Guy Kitwe Mulunda is a council member for the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), http://www.irct.org. Also he is a member of the Network Against Torture and the International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organizations (IFHHRO).
He is married and he is father of a son.
He has given several lectures and presentations on torture and impunity at the local and international level including in the DRC (Kinshasa, Matadi, Boma, Lubumbashi, Tshikapa), South Africa (Cape Town), Germany (Berlin) and USA (New York, Washington DC, Boston). 

Medical Care Service for Refugees is deeply concerned about Mr. Guy Kitwe Mulunda's fate and demands his immediate release.
We kindly request you to
protest against his detention to the addresses listed below.

Adresses  – République Démocratique du Congo

Présidence de la République:

Son excellence Major-Général Joseph KABILA
Président de la République
Présidence de la République
Palais de la Nation
Avenue de Lemera
République Démocratique du Congo
Fax : +243 880 21 20
Courriel: pr@presidentrdc.cd; pp@presidentrdc.cd; cabinet_president@yahoo.fr
Salutations: Son Excellence Monsieur le Président de la République

Premier ministre:
Mr Antoine Gizenga
Premier Ministre
La Primature, Avenue Roi Baudouin
Commune de la Gombe
République Démocratique du Congo

Affaires intérieures, décentralisation et sécurité

Monsieur Denis KALUME NUMBI
Ministre l’Intérieur, Décentralisation et Sécurité
Ministère de l’Intérieur
44, av. de Lemera
BP 7949
Kinshasa / Gombe
République Démocratique du Congo
Fax: +243 88 02 042
Courriel : mininterieur@yahoo.fr
Salutations: Monsieur le Ministre


Mr Mutombo Bakafwa Nsenda
Ministre de la Justice et Droits Humains
Ministère de la Justice
228 Avenue de Lemera
BP 3137
République Démocratique du Congo
Tel : +243 999928693
Fax : ( no fax number)
E-mail: min_droitshumains@yahoo.fr

Défense Nationale, Démobilisation et Anciens Combattants

Ministre de la Défense Nationale, Démobilisation et Anciens Combattants
Ministère de la Défense nationale
BP 4111
République Démocratique du Congo
Salutations: Monsieur le Ministre

Botschaften / Embassies / Embajadas

a) Bruxelles
Monsieur Kisonga Manzakala
Ambassade de la République Démocratique du Congo à Bruxelles
30 rue Marie de Bourgogne,
1040 Bruxelles.
Tel : + 32 2 375 47 96,
Fax : + 32 2 372 23 48; + 32 2 213 49 81

b) Deutschland / Germany / Alemania:
Botschaft der Demokratischen Republik Kongo
Herrn Pierre Yvon Malamba Osang-A-Bull
Im Meisengarten 133
53177 Bonn
Telefax: 0228-352 217

Observatoire National des Droits de l’Homme (ONDH)
Observatoire National des Droits de l’Homme
Bâtiment Ex-Résidence MALULA
Avenue Sendwe
Commune de Kalamu
Tel: +243 98313740 / + 243 98271199 / + 243 98407633
République Démocratique du Congo

Héritiers de la Justice
Service des Eglises Protestantes pour les Droits Humains et la Paix
Avenue Patrice Emery Lumumba, Bukavu
BP 109 Bukavu (RD Congo)

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