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26 Apr 2013

Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF)

Logging and human rights in DR Congo

Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) is mandated to represent legally at least 58 villagers of Yalisika, who were victims of human rights violations by members of the Congolese police and military forces in 2011...This operation was retaliation to at least three incidents which had taken place earlier in that year, when villagers seized some goods of the logging company SIFORCO to force the company to engage a dialogue…“Our role is to organise the victims’ legal representation before the Congolese jurisdictions…” [says Bahia Zrikem, ASF Country representative in Kinshasa]...A trial could be organized two months after the closing of the investigation. “This will be an important moment. We believe that the human rights abuses committed constitute crimes against humanity and need to make sure that all public and private perpetrators involved will be held accountable”, concludes the ASF Country representative...[Refers to Danzer]