Letter to Ashton on human rights defenders in DRC

18/08/2010 – On the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the killing of Pascal Kabungulu on 31 July 2005, Amnesty International would like to draw your attention to the dire situation of human rights defenders (HRDs) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  The risks faced by HRDs have been further aggravated by the climate surrounding the upcoming elections next year. In particular, we invite the EU to actively engage the Government of DRC to ensure that the perpetrators of two specific cases – Pascal Kabungulu and Floribert Chebeya – are brought to justice.