Free Legal Assistance Group, Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights, Union Interafricaine des Droits de l'Homme, les Témoins de Jehovah / Democratic Republic of the Congo


African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) – torture of 15 persons by a Military Unit at Kinsuka; arbitrary arrests, arbitrary detentions, torture, extra-judicial executions, unfair trials, severe restrictions placed on the right to association and peaceful assembly, and suppression of the freedom of the Press; persecution of the Jehovah’s Witnesses; mismanagement of public finances; Government’s failure to provide basic services; ethnic hatred incited by the official media.

Exemption for rule on exhaustion of local remedies: in instances where it is “neither particle nor desirable” to require complainants to exhaust these.

Whether the respondent is in violation of the following guaranteed rights under ACHPR: Right to Life; Prohibition of Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment; Right to Personal Liberty and Protection from Arbitrary Arrest; Right to Fair Trial; Right to Freedom of Conscience; Right to Receive Information and Free Expression; Right to Freedom of Association; Right to Freedom of Movement; Right to Health; Right to Education; Protection of the Family and Vulnerable Groups; Duty to Guarantee Independence of Courts.