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UN human rights chief asks for protection for the Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege after threats

August 28, 2020

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has expressed concern over and sought protection for Congolese doctor and activist Denis Mukwege’s death threats while he investigates and arrests who may be behind the human rights abuses by the intimidation Condemned Nobel Peace Prize.

Mukwege, who has been taking care of female victims of sexual violence in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo for decades, survived an attack in 2012. Now he has received calls and messages on social networks making him fear for his life after condemning the human rights abuses that continue to take place in the eastern region.

Bachelet has issued a statement warning that “his life appears to be in grave danger” and, while recognizing President Félix Tshisekedi’s commitment to ensuring the safety of Mukwege, he has sought “complete protection” for the doctor and his team asked. so that they can continue to do the “indispensable work” they do at Panzi Hospital.

UN human rights chief asks for protection for the Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege after threatsUN human rights chief asks for protection for the Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege after threats

He also stressed that “it is important that those responsible (for the threats) are brought to justice and that the whole truth is known”, not only for Mukweg’s safety but also as a “deterrent” to other people who show up ” . Attack, threaten or intimidate medical workers or human rights defenders who, like him, work for the benefit of the Congolese people. “

Bachelet, who has described Mukwege as a “real hero”, has also called on the authorities to condemn the threats and to pass a long-term law that guarantees the protection of all who defend human rights in the African country. .

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