UN Human Rights Office Condemns Activist’s Murder In DR Congo

The death of the activist by her husband is reminiscent of the recent death of a journalist who was also killed by her husband in South Kivu.

The United Nations Joint Office for Human Rights (UNJHRO) has expressed concerns over the murder of Anne Marie Buhoro, a human rights activist, on Friday, Jan. 28, in Minova, South Kivu by her husband who is a captain in the DR Congo national army, FARDC.

The late Buhoro was engaged in taking care of victims of sexual violence in South Kivu and has been described by UNJHRO as a women who was “very engaged locally with survivors of sexual violence.”

This new case of domestic violence which comes after the murder of journalist Charline Kitoko Safi who was killed by her husband in Kaituga in the same South Kivu province, has provoked the anger of human rights activists who have called for a public trial of the murders.

UNJHRO has called on all to “reinforce the fight against impunity linked to gender-based violence” and the “responsibility of everybody to protect the defenders of human rights.”

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