Rights Activists Targeted in DRC

At a time when international rights groups, governments and corporations are ramping up pressure over the trade in “conflict minerals,” Amnesty International called upon authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to do a better job protecting human rights activists working in the country from abuses. Highlighting the importance of human rights activists in playing “a crucial role in a country racked by instability and conflict,” AI released a briefing (.pdf) last week chronicling the cases of eight prominent DRC rights defenders. AI charges that much of the danger they and others face comes directly from government agencies. “The […]

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