September 17, 2010

Human rights NGOs are questioning the way the military is conducting its inquiry into the death of prominent human rights activist Floribert Chebeya, who was found dead in Kinshasa on June 2, 2010 – a day after being summoned to meet with the national chief of police, General John Numbi.

The NGOs have sent a letter to the Minister of Justice, Luzolo Bambi, asking for an independent international inquiry into the death. A request they have made several times in the past.

They also demanded the arrest of General John Numbi, who has been suspended from his duties as national police chief but is still at large.

Floribert Chebeya was summoned to meet with General John Numbi on June 1, 2010. He was reported missing by his family and colleagues after he did not return from the meeting. He was found dead in his car the next day.

The NGOs Voice of the Voiceless (VSV), Toges Noires, African Association for the Defence of Human Rights (ASADHO), the National Network of Human Rights of NGOs (Renadhoc), and Action Against Impunity for Human Rights (ACIDH), signed the letter to the Minister of Justice.

From Radio Okapi article