CAMPAIGN UPDATE – Sept 17 , 2015
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TAKE ACTION AGAIN!
You took action to support Fred and Yves. It’s so important that we keep up the pressure. Here are three easy actions you can take, that can have a big impact…
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On Friday Sept 4, the Court of Appeals in Kinshasa rejected the appeal to have the case of Fred and Yves dismissed. The appeal was refused on procedural grounds and therefore the lawyers’ arguments were not considered.
On Sept 16, the Director of the United Nations office for human rights in the Congo demanded the immediate release of Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala “in the absence of evidence.”
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On Sept 17, Pragmora launched the second wave of its campaign — an invitation to specific Canadian leaders, including Congolese-Canadians, to sign an Open Letter to the Attorney General of the DR Congo. Open Letter – English | Lettre ouverte – français
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For almost 20 years, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has experienced ongoing armed conflict. The next presidential elections are scheduled for October 2016. Free and fair elections can decisively move the country towards meaningful democracy and long-term stable peace. But credible, free and fair elections next year require freedom of assembly and freedom of speech today. Over the past 9 months, there has been a disturbing rise in incidences of arbitrary arrests of peaceful opposition voices, including pro-democracy youth activists, Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala.