STATEMENT n° 001/ONGDH/NICS-HR/B-E/30-01-2019The non-governmental Human Rights organisation “No Impunity for the Congolese State (NICS-HR)”declares the following with regard to the peaceful and civilised transfer of power in the DemocraticRepublic of Congo:Indeed, the exercise of the promotion of Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo isimperative in this post-electoral period marking the accession of a new President of the Republic inoccurrence, Mr Felix Antoine Tshisekedi. The sacredness of life needs to be guaranteed in order toprovide an environment conductive to quietness and peace because Congolese have experiencedseveral traumatic facts: war, inhuman and degrading carnage, arbitrary arrest, etc. In this respect,psychosocial care is mandatory to ensure social interaction between Congolese citizens, victims ofethno-tribal cleavages and wars for some, and others who are traumatised by the Ebola pandemic. The promotion of fundamental rights, public freedoms and the rule of law is essential to theCongolese population and state agents in view of the prevailing humanitarian situation in theDemocratic Republic of Congo.In the past, the Congolese State was distinguished in the increased violations of human rightsfollowing the debauchery enjoyed by Police officers, military and civilian intelligence services and somany others. The change of the executive would be adequate and conductive to the improvement of livingconditions through distributive justice guaranteeing human fundamental needs that are explicit in theUniversal Declaration of Human Rights. Despite the extremely large existence of human rightsorganisations in the DRC and the fact that the latter is a permanent member of the United NationsCouncil for Human Rights, a lot of evidence shows that the Congolese state has been guilty of deadlyrepressions, arbitrary arrests, privations of freedom of expression, torture and inhuman anddegrading treatment etc.

In this context, the Congolese population has been using the presidential, national legislative andprovincial elections to grant itself the well-awaited integral change by sanctioning the regime ofPresident Joseph Kabila. However, this electoral process was tainted by a great deal of irregularityas claimed by several political parties, non-governmental organisations of human rights and theinternational community. These irregularities are evidenced by:• The exclusion of the Congolese diaspora;• Maintaining a corrupt electoral file• The illegal use of the voting machine;• The financial embezzlement of the CENI;• The exclusion of three cities for the election presidential among others: Yumbi, Beni andButembo and so many others.Moreover, the results of the above-mentioned elections have aroused an expansive euphoria amongthe Congolese population due to the divergence on the credibility of these results, since the electionobservers had identified several faults during the vote among others:  Malfunction of voting machines; Late opening of several polling stations; The absence of several names of voters in the lists; Discrimination or exclusion of certain witnesses from political parties; The jam of the ballot boxes and so many others.However, these observers noted that these adverse events did not necessarily have a significanteffect on the results because the population had expressed support for the change in votingmassively for opposition dignitaries. In addition to several election observation organizations, the Episcopal National Conference of theCongo (CENCO) and the synergy of election observation missions (SYMOCEL) have revealed thatthe counting in the compilation centre was marred by huge electoral frauds. This has certainlyskewed the valid votes cast by Congolese citizens.

To this end, the CENCO has vigorously challenged the results of the CENI highlighting in its interimreport that the winner would be Mr Martin Fayulu and not Félix Tshisekedi. The former wasunfortunately unable to persuade the Constitutional Court, the last authority to rule on the case.Despite the media challenges of Mr. Martin Fayulu, the international community has taken intoconsideration the political change in DRC carried out on Thursday, 19 January 2019 through thecivilized and peaceful passing of power between the President Outgoing Joseph Kabila Kanambe andthe one entering, Félix Tshisekedi Tshilombo. The Congolese population witnessing this emotionalevent broadcasted live on national radio-television hopes for a happy and favourable outcome in thesense of a full change in their daily lives.In view of the above ongoing issue, the non-governmental human rights organization “No impunity forthe Congolese State (NICS-H)” underlines that the President of the Republic, Mr. Félix Tshisekedi,must meet the following challenges:• Guaranteeing and improving (promoting) human rights;• To train and strengthen the capacities of State officials in the promotion of human rights;• Combating violence and consequently impunity in all its forms;• Peacefully solving the various conflicts;• Combating corruption in all its forms;• Promote sustainable economic and social development;• and promote justice over crimes and offences of which State agents are guilty, etc.Therefore, the NICS-HR wants to work in synergy with the Congolese State to promote human rightsin the DRC and to help the Congolese population, not only to take possession of its rights but also toact in accordance with the mandates established by the Congolese legislation.On Behalf of the NICS-HR,

Jenny DAKOSTA VAN MPUTU Human Right Activist, Founder and Chairman of the NICS – Human RightOrganisation.

Bradford, 30 January 2019

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