Democratic Republic of Congo: UPR Briefing Paper on the situation of human rights defenders

12.02.2014

This Briefing Paper on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in the Democratic Republic of Congo is intended to assist States and other stakeholders to formulate questions and recommendations regarding the protection of human rights defenders during the UPR.

(Geneva) - The Democratic Republic of Congo is scheduled to be reviewed at the 19th session of the Universal Periodic Review in April-May 2014.

Human rights defenders in the DRC face a range of restrictions and serious threats, including lack of adequate legal recognition and protection, defamation and judicial harassment, arbitrary arrest, disappearances, torture, ill-treatment and even death.

This Briefing Paper on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in the Democratic Republic of Congo is intended to assist States and other stakeholders to formulate questions and recommendations regarding the protection of human rights defenders during the UPR.

For further information about the Briefing Paper or for any assistance or advice in the formulation of recommendations, please contact ISHR's Head of African Advocacy, Clement Voule, on c.voule@ishr.ch

Photo: UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Category:

Region
  • Africa
Topic
  • Human rights defenders
Mechanism
  • Universal Periodic Review
Country
  • Congo (Kinshasa)