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 Urgent appeal to save 30 people sentenced to death

 


Their story

Thirty people have been sentenced to death for their alleged role in the murder of the former President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Laurent Desiré Kabila, happened in January 2001. The defendants have been judged by a Military Order Court, the statutes of which do not meet international fair trial standards and the judges of which are not liable for impartiality and independence, as they are all members of the Executive, too. The prisoners did not have time to arrange an adequate defence, were told about the trial just a few days before it started and were only able to meet their lawyers for the first time on the opening day of the audition. Besides all that, they did not have right to appeal against the first decree ruling. Their salvation is only relying on a would-be measure of clemency from the Head of State, Joseph Kabila.

 

The appeal to save them

The Community of Sant'Egidio invites everybody to share its appeal aiming to spare thirty people's lives from the execution, sending the following statement to the President Joseph Kabila through some of the Country's permanent missions, by fax or e-mail.

 

URGENT APPEAL BROUGHT IN BY THE COMMUNITY OF SANT'EGIDIO TO SAVE THE LIFE OF 30 PEOPLE SENTENCED TO DEATH

 

Your Excellency We are writing to express our deep concern over a ruling that sentenced to death 30 prisoners, subjected to an unfair trial, without an adequate legal defence and with no right to appeal. We urge you to intervene on their behalf to prevent that cruel and inhuman punishment from being meted out against them. We implore you to ensure that this cruel and inhuman sentence is not carried out.

Respectfully Yours 

(signature and date)

 

Indirizzi a cui inviare l'appello:

 

Ambasciata della Repubblica Democratica del Congo presso la Santa Sede

Fax: (+39) 06.44.55.771


MISSION PERMANENTE DE LA REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO A L'ONU

866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 511

New York, NY 10017

Tel:  212-319-8061

Fax: 212-319-8232

[email protected]  - [email protected] - Send the appeal   


MISSION PERMANENTE DE LA REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO AUPRES DE L'OFFICE DES NATIONS UNIES ET DES INSTITUTIONS SPECIALISEES A GENEVE

Avenue de Budé 18 (Local 1822)

1202 Genève - Case postale 2595, 1211 Genève 2

Téléphone : 740 37 44

Télécopieur : 740 37 44