Amnesty: New DRC president must act on human rights

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Amnesty International has called upon the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) newly elected president Félix Tshisekedi to tackle the country’s “abysmal” human rights record.

Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo addressed the president directly in an open letter, accompanied by a 10-point proposal for addressing the most pressing human rights issues in the DRC.

Amnesty calls for Tshisekedi to tackle human rights issues

“As the new president of Democratic Republic of Congo, you have the unique responsibility and opportunity to ensure that your government moves swiftly to reverse the deteriorating human rights situation in the country,” Kumi Naidoo said in the letter.

“Serious human rights violations and crimes under international law have been committed in the DRC over the last 25 years, claiming the lives of millions of Congolese people over this period, mostly with impunity.”

Amnesty’s 10-point plan includes lifting the ban on peaceful protests, ending internet and media restrictions, ending child labour practices and championing the rights of women.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.