Enough: Förföljelse mot oppositionella i Kongo

Vilken hemskt läskig timing. Samma dag som Jean Kabuidibuidi blivit utvisad till Kinshasa får jag följande nyhetsbrev från organisationen Enough som arbetar med människorättsfrågor i Kongo, Uganda och Sudan:

Crackdown in Kinshasa: Congo Government Bans Peaceful March, Cuts Broadcast Stations

Tensions in Congo’s capital are rising as the Congolese government took swift action this week to suppress opposition voices.

The government banned a peaceful march organized by Catholic religious leaders yesterday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of what is known as the “Christians Massacre” and to protest the recent botched presidential and legislation elections. The anniversary marks the day in 1992 when several Christians were killed during a pro-democracy rally against the closure of a national conference to debate the Mobutu Sese Seko regime. Yesterday, soldiers met peaceful demonstrators with tear-gas and arrests. Congo’s Voice of the Voiceless rights group reports that three priests and two nuns have been imprisoned, and soldiers and police fired tear gas into church compounds to prevent people from participating.

To further silence any dissent earlier this week, the Congolese government turned off signals of three broadcasting stations, including one belonging to the Roman Catholic Church. Patrick Nsiala, the program officer of the Catholic TV station RTCE, commented, “We do not know why exactly our signal has been stopped.”

The Carter Center has issued a statement condemning these acts and urging the Congolese government to respect the rights of its citizens:

Peaceful political expression is a fundamental human right that is protected by the DRC’s constitution and international treaties of which the government of the DRC is a signatory.

The arrest of priests, nuns, and a human rights activist in Kinshasa, along with the closure of three radio stations, are dangerous developments, and The Carter Center urges the government to reverse these actions immediately. Radio stations should be reopened and the government should release from custody immediately those who have been arrested for their peaceful political activities.

Clearly, the Congolese government feels threatened by recent anti-Kabila sentiment questioning the legitimacy of the sitting president. Prominent members of the Catholic Church, which had thelargest network of independent observers during the November presidential election, have voiced opposition to the handling of the elections since the results were announced, claiming the results did not represent the voices of the people. In January, 35 Congolese bishops released a statement condemning the Congolese presidential election, calling on the election commission to correct “serious errors.” Furthermore, the archbishop of Kinshasa had called for a campaign of disobedience and for the election results to be annulled.

The government’s actions in Kinshasa this week demonstrating the ruling power’s repression of Congolese citizens raised red flags among international and Congolese human rights activists about how ongoing election-related tensions might escalate. Enough Project Congo Policy Analyst Aaron Hall said:

These repressive actions by the Congolese government against a non-violent, faith based movement are deplorable.  Congolese civil society has been deeply engaged in the electoral process and continues to be shut out by the Kabila regime. Democratic representation and freedom of assembly are enshrined in the Congolese constitution, and there must be accountability for those leaders that continue to diminish credibility, justice, and democracy at the peril of the citizens of Congo.

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Hej! Jag är en av dem som varit engagerad i att låta Jean Kabuidibuidi stanna i Sverige. Tidigt den 24 februari utvisades han till Kinshasa. Ett obehagligt sammanträffande är att människorättsorganisationen Enough samma skickar ut detta nyhetsbrev:

http://www.enoughproject.org/blogs/crackdown-kinshasa-congo-government-bans-peaceful-march-cuts-broadcast-stations

Där beskrivs förföljelse av oppositionella, med präster och nunnor som exempel, i just Kinshasa. Staden där pastor Jean Kabuidibuidi – som kritiserat regimen i flera av sina predikningar – nu befinner sig. Här är exempel på predikningar när Jean kritiserar regimen:

http://www.stefansward.se/2011/10/11/har-ar-stockholmspredikningar-pastor-jean-kan-bli-mordad-for/

Ska detta ignoreras eller tas med i beräkningarna för en eventuell ny asylprövning?

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  1. […] Kristen underjord har gjort en mailaktion till Migrationsverket. […]

  2. Otroligt! Hittade en grej som var allvarlig för två dagar sen, men tydligen pågår det en massa oroligheter hela tiden. Enl. Swärd är Jean inlåst nu. I ofs på ett dåligt ställe men i alla fall inte ute på öppen gata.

  3. […] maktlöshet och frustration, särskilt med åtanke på att människorättsorganisationen Enough rapporterade igår om förföljelse mot oppositionella präster i Kinshasa. Men förutom att be vill jag uppmuntra er […]

  4. […] maktlöshet och frustration, särskilt med åtanke på att människorättsorganisationen Enough rapporterade igår om förföljelse mot oppositionella präster i Kinshasa. Men förutom att be vill jag uppmuntra er […]

  5. […] innan han utvisades den 23:e februari under stort hemlighetsmakeri. Samma dag som han utvisades kom ännu en rapport om förföljelse mot oppositionella präster och pastorer från organisationen […]

  6. […] han utvisades den 23:e februari under stort hemlighetsmakeri. Samma dag som han utvisades kom ännu en rapport om förföljelse mot oppositionella präster och pastorer från organisationen […]


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