EDM | Life Of Floribert Chebeya

Posted on: 12th July 2011

Andrew George MP has seconded EDM2066. Motion reads:


“That this House commemorates the life of Floribert Chebeya, a Congolese human rights defender tortured to death in Congo on 2 June 2010; endorses the call of the UN, EU, US and others for an impartial, credible and transparent judicial investigation conforming to international standards; recognises Floribert Chebeya’s contribution to fighting for the respect of human rights and the rule of law in Congo as attested by the Reebok Award for human rights; notes with concern the statement of the clergy of the diocese of Butembo-Beni; condemns the recent killing of Armand Tungulu and the continued detention of dozens of journalists, religious leaders, rights and political activists in the Makala Prison on what Save the Congo considers politically-motivated and trumped up charges to silence dissent of State authorities and activities; commends the courage and resilience of Congolese journalists and rights activists who continue to tackle sensitive political and human rights issues despite the harassment and abuses by security forces; calls on the UK Government to exclude from the UK and freeze assets of those alleged to be responsible for the arbitrary arrest, torture, and assassinations of journalists and rights and political activists; and further calls on the Congolese President Joseph Kabila to intervene in these grave cases of violation of human rights.”