AFRICAN UNION African Commission on Human & Peoples’ Rights UNION AFRICAINE UNIÃO AFRICANA Commission Africaine des Droits de l’Homme & des Peuples 31 Bijilo Annex Layout, Kombo North District, Western Region, P. O. Box 673, Banjul, The Gambia Tel: (220) 4410505 / 4410506; Fax: (220) 4410504 E-mail:; Web Communication 278/2003 - Promoting Justice for Women and Children (PROJUST NGO) vs. Democratic Republic of Congo Summary of the facts 1. On 20 August 2003, the Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights received a Complaint from the NGO Promoting Justice for Women and Children (PROJUST NGO) (hereinafter referred to as PROJUST NGO or the Complainant)1, a Communication lodged on behalf of the NGO by Lawyers Sylvie Diulu Tshiongo and Kathy Byenda Karubara, in accordance with Article 55 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter). 2. The Complaint is brought against the Democratic Republic of Congo2 (hereinafter referred to as the DRC or the Respondent State), on behalf of Mrs. Masumbuko Mwali Anne Marie, Mrs. Chibalonza Balole Coco, Mrs. Kamwanya Beya Rose, Mrs. Fono Onokoko Péguy, Mrs. Nabintu Marcelline and Mrs. Atandjo Otshudi (the Victims), who are all Congolese citizens. The Complainant submits that these six women were arrested in lieu of their husbands, who had 1 2 PROJUST NGO is an NGO based in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This NGO is involved in the promotion of human rights and more particularly in the rights of women and children. Address: BP 16225 Kinshasa 1, Telephone: 00243 815008856, E-mail: . The Democratic Republic of Congo ratified the African Charter on July 20th, 1987. 1

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