Person who had arranged the planned meeting with SRCases
- Location of case in SG report
- Relevant SG report
- Year of the report
- From Country
- Country Geolocation
- Country Geolocation (linked Cases)
- Congo, Democratic Republic of the
- From Region
- UN body that raised the case prior to the SG report
- UN Special Procedures: Thematic
- Dates of prior UN action
- 15 October 2009
- Type of record
- Unnamed individual/group/organization
- Was the victim a foreign national?
- Was the victim a minor?
- Type of rights defended
- Civil/political rights
- Was the victim a civil servant, member of the security forces or of the judiciary?
- Reported trigger of reprisal
fact-finding mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by Special Rapporteur on summary, arbitrary and extrajudicial executions, person had arranged meeting
- Engagement with UN body
- UN Special Procedures: thematic
- Dates of engagement
- 13 October 2009
- Type of attempted engagement
- Meeting with UN officials during country visit / with locally present UN officials
- Dates of mentioned reprisals
- 13 October 2009
- Location of mentioned reprisals
- Reprisal information
Special Rapporteur indicated that when he travelled to Kisantu in Bas Congo on 13 October 2009, as part of his official mission to the country, he was prevented from speaking with witnesses who had witnessed the killings of large numbers of Bundu Dia Kongo (BDK) supporters in recent years. The Special Rapporteur further stated that this interference with his ability to carry out his official mission was apparently ordered by the Governor of the Province and carried out by the Mayor of Kisantu.
The situation was further exacerbated by the fact that as soon as he left Kisantu, the person who had arranged the planned meeting for him was detained by the police. The return of the Special Rapporteur to Kisantu was required in order to secure his release. Moreover, the Special Rapporteur emphasized that he remained concerned about the security of the individual who was detained as well as that of the other witnesses.
- Types of reprisals suffered
- Detention/Imprisonment: Release within a day
- Alleged/likely perpetrators
- State actors
- Was the reprisal based on new legislation?
- Does the report make general comment about country’s environment for engagement with UN?
- Is the country cited for a "pattern of reprisal" in the context of this case?
- Is a pattern of reprisals mentioned otherwise in the context of this case?
- Does the report cite "self-censorship" as an issue in the context of this case?
- How many times has the case been followed up in subsequent SG reports?