Monday, September 3, 2018

CONGO: Pro-Democracy Activists Face Prison - ONLINE ACTION

Amnesty International, Australia, Sept 3, 2018.

Right now, five pro-democracy youth activists are facing three years in jail in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Their crime? Mobilising people to protest for inclusive, peaceful and credible elections.
In the DRC, presidents are only allowed to serve two terms – it’s in the Constitution. But when time ran out for President Joseph Kabila in 2016, he refused to budge.
So, in 2017, five pro-democracy activists – GrĂ¢ce Tshiunza, Mino Bopomi, Cedric Kalonji, Carbone Ben and Palmer Kabeya – helped publicise protests to defend the Constitution. They called for the release of prisoners, respect for a free press and the return of opposition leaders from exile.