Protect Rights to Independent Prosecution and a Fair Trial in Criminal Court

Target: Célestin Tunda, Minister of Justice, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Goal: Call off attempt to weaken independence of beleaguered courts.

The justice minister in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) may soon have the power to personally intervene in criminal trials and punish prosecutors for initiating proceedings independently, if obstructionist politicians have their way. In the DRC, which is still struggling in the aftermath of two decades of internal fighting and political instability, this would be an unforgivable assault on the rule of law.

Justice Minister Célestin Tunda, a loyalist of Joseph Kabila, the DRC’s president for nearly two decades, is attempting to undermine the efforts of reforming President Félix Tshisekedi to reduce corruption. Ordinary Congolese have begun protests in anger at what they recognize as a blatant attempt to enshrine political favoritism and protect criminal behavior.

The DRC has suffered long enough without the prospect of a broken courts system. They deserve to have their voices heard and have a right to an effective, impartial judiciary. Sign the petition below to demand the oppositionists end their efforts to destroy the DRC’s progress in restoring justice.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Tunda,

President Tshisekedi’s efforts to restore law and order throughout the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been a beacon of hope for tens of millions in Central Africa and throughout the world. Your attempt to bypass the law and grant yourself power to corrupt the legal process is a transparently corrupt move, and the people of the DRC don’t deserve the abuses that this would allow.

I demand that you stop trying to pass laws which would allow you to decide the outcomes of criminal cases and to punish honest prosecutors for doing the job with which they’ve been entrusted by the public. The eyes of the world are upon you.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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