DRC banishes Kabila’s critic

Ida Swayer, the Central Africa director at Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Ida Swayer, the Central Africa director at Human Rights Watch (HRW)

From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE Democratic Republic of Congo has expelled a prominent human rights campaigner in a move that brings to doubt commitment by President Joseph Kabila’s government to curb repression.
Ida Swayer, the Central Africa director at Human Rights Watch (HRW), has been escorted out of the country through the eastern city of Goma after her visa was annulled two weeks after it was issued.
Officials have escorted her to the border with neighboring Rwanda.
“Providing Ida Sawyer a visa one day and revoking it 15 days later calls into question the Congolese government’s commitment to reversing the climate of repression in the country,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of HRW.
Sawyer entered Congo on January 13, on a three-month multiple entry visa she had obtained on January 5, at the Congolese embassy in Brussels, Belgium.
She has been working in DRC since 2008.
Her expulsion is linked to her organisation’s criticism of Kabila clinging to power in December despite the lapse of his two presidential terms.
Government has in recent months cracked down on human rights campaigners, media and opposition figures opposed to Kabila’s leadership.
HRW has exposed the violations.
Communications minister Lambert Mende told media Sawyer was not authorised to travel in DRC and was “undesirable.”
– CAJ News

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