18 July 2017

Support the release of the Congolese human rights defender Nicolas Mbiya

Statement

This peaceful activist from our network was arbitrarily arrested outside his home in Mbuji-Mayi in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is reportedly being detained by the Agence Nationale des Renseignements - ANR (National Intelligence Agency).

Nicolas Mbiya is an activist with Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA Fight for Change), a non-partisan and non-violent youth civil society movement. This is the third time he has been arbitrarily arrested in the past 8 months.

Justice and Peace joins its voice to the action of Front Line Defenders which urges the authorities in the DRC to:

  1. Immediately and unconditionally release Nicolas Mbiya, as Front Line Defenders believes that he is being held solely as a result of his legitimate and peaceful work in the defence of human rights;
  2. Ensure that the treatment of Nicolas Mbiya while in detention adheres to the conditions set out in the ‘Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment', adopted by UN General Assembly resolution 43/173 of 9 December 1988;
  3. Cease targeting all human rights defenders in the DRC and guarantee in all circumstances that they are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment.