Joint Letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of UN Human Rights Council on Burundi

In a joint letter, EHAHRDP, FIDH, CIVICUS and HRW urge the Human Rights Council to to address the human rights situation in Burundi at its 30th session (14 September- 2 October 2015) in order to prevent further serious human rights violations. In the context of a mounting political crisis, urgent measures are required to closely monitor developments on the ground, enhance protection of human rights defenders, journalists, opposition party members and supporters, and step up public reporting of human rights violations committed in the country. The Council should adopt a resolution aimed at preventing further serious human rights violations.

To read full letter click Burundi letter HRC 30 – FINAL

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Human Rights Defender of the Month: Anny Kapenga

As a young student, Anny Kapenga used to cringe at the cult-like worship of Mobutu Sese Seko, the then Zaire’s President. By then, in the early 1990s, Zaire was still under one party rule, and calls were increasing for Mobutu to open political space to allow other parties to operate. In the meantime, however, all Zairians were expected to show affection for Mobutu wherever they gathered in public.

Students across Zaire’s schools were required to sing and dance adoringly before his (Mobutu)’s portrait every morning before they went to class, and all school scholastic materials were emblemed with his portrait. A young Anny never really appreciated the obsession:

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