Republic of the Congo

Police disperse protest

On 7th December 2021, dozens of people - victims of the 2012 explosion of a military munition depot in the Brazzaville neighbourhood of Mpila - attempted to protest to demand the reconstruction of their houses, which were destroyed in the explosion. They were met by police, who were deployed in numbers. Police reportedly used tear gas to disperse the protesters. Read more  |  Read in French

Police disperse protest

HRDs released on bail after spending more than 100 days in prison

On 13th July 2021, activists, who had been imprisoned since March2021 and were prosecuted for ‘undermining the internal security of the state’ were provisionally released from prison. civil society activist Alexandre Ibacka Dzabana was taken from his residence and detained on 11th March 2021, and Christ Dongui, the vice-president of the social movement Ras-le-Bol was arrested on 25th March 2021. Read more  |  Read in French

HRDs released on bail after spending more than 100 days in prison

Presidential elections amid internet blackout; civil society activist and publisher arrested

The Republic of Congo held presidential elections on 21st March 2021 amid an internet shutdown. Prior to the elections, on 15th March 2021, the Episcopal Commission 'Justice and Peace' received communication informing them that they did not have the authorisation to observe the elections. The reason given for the refusal was that the structure did not possess an operating receipt with 'electoral observation' as a declared objective. Read more  |  Read in French

Presidential elections amid internet blackout; civil society activist and publisher arrested

COVID-19: civil society protest banned; news anchor sidelined after interview

In a statement on 16th July 2020, several human rights organisations, including the Observatoire Congolais des Droits de l'Homme (Congolese Human Rights Observatory) and social movement Ras-le-Bol, said they decided to cancel a planned protestthat day to support the request for a medical evacuation of imprisoned opposition leader Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko after the prefect of Brazzaville banned the protest, stating grounds of curbing the spread of COVID-19. Read more

COVID-19: civil society protest banned; news anchor sidelined after interview

Five activists arrested and charged

Between 23rd November 2019 and 22nd December 2019, five young activists, including Celeste Nlemvo Makela of the citizen movement Ras-le-Bol were arrested in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire. The other four who were arrested are: Parfait Mabiala, Franck Donald Saboukoulou, Guil Ossebi and Meldry Dissavoulou Read more

Five activists arrested and charged

National media regulator threatens weekly over publications on alleged corruption

Over the past few months, Congo's national media regulator, Conseil supérieur de la liberté de la communication (Superior Council for Freedom of Communication - CSLC) harassed the weekly Manager Horizon over a series of articles it published, said Reporters without Borders (RSF). Read more  |  Read in French

National media regulator threatens weekly over publications on alleged corruption

Provisional release of journalist Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba after 18 months in pre-trial detention

On 2nd July 2018, the correctional Chamber of the Appeal Court in Brazzaville ordered the provisional release of journalist Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba, editor of the independent newspaper Talassa, after spending 18 months in pre-trial detention. Read more  |  Read in French

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Provisional release of journalist Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba after 18 months in pre-trial detention

Ras-le-Bol activists released after being detained for protesting and hanging posters

Police arrested 23 members of the movement Ras-le-Bol for activities in their campaign to demand the release of political prisoners. Read more

Ras-le-Bol activists released after being detained for protesting and hanging posters

Activists arbitrarily arrested and break-in at human rights NGO

In the past few weeks, several activists, human right defenders, activists and trade unionists have been arbitrarily detained in the Republic of Congo. Read more

Activists arbitrarily arrested and break-in at human rights NGO

Journalists assaulted prior to press conference

Unidentified perpetrators who presented themselves as part of the security forces assaulted several journalists prior to the start of a press conference organised on 30th November 2017 by the lawyers of opposition politician André Okombi Salissa, a former candidate in the March 2016 presidential elections. Read more

Journalists assaulted prior to press conference