"Justine Masika stops you meddle with what does not concern you (HATUTAKU IYI TOUR tuku RATE TUNAYUWA UKO GOMA Yote ITAFIKA)," was the message has received anonymous threats of Ms. Justine Masika, March 27, 2012, at 18:32, on his phone. This message comes after a meeting held in Goma hotdee by some colonels of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) close to General Bosco Ntaganda. Ms Justine Masika be prosecuted after an interview she gave to the BBC in which she welcomed the verdict that had just passed the same day the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Thomas Lubanga Dyilo .The Observatory for the Protection of Human rights, a joint program of the World Organisation against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) calls on an emergency threats to Ms Justine Masika Bihamba.
The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources of threats against Ms Masika Bihamba, coordinator of the Synergy for Women Victims of Sexual Violence (SFVS) and Vice President of Civil Society in North Kivu.
According to reports, 14 March 2012, Ms Masika Bihamba gave an interview to BBC radio in which she welcomed the verdict that had just passed the same day the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, convicted of war crimes recruitment, enlistment and use of child soldiers in Ituri, and called on the ICC and the Congolese government to implement the arrest warrants are pending against the other authors suspected of serious crimes committed in eastern DRC, in particular General Bosco Ntaganda.
Following this interview, General and some colonels of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) would close the General held a meeting at a hotel in Goma to discuss the declaration of Ms. Justine Masika calling the ICC and the Government Congolese arrest General Bosco Ntaganda, and plan "actions" to silence it.
Ms Justine Masika intends to file a complaint.
The Association of Women in Media has joined the Observatory expresses its deepest concern over the threats against the safety and physical integrity of Ms Justine Masika, who are part of a broader context intimidation and repression against all defenders of human rights in DRC, and reminds the Congolese authorities that under international standards, it is their responsibility to guarantee in all circumstances the physical and psychological integrity.
Actions requested by the observatory:
i. Guarantee in all circumstances the physical and psychological integrity of Ms. Justine Masika and all defenders of human rights in DRC;
ii. Conduct prompt a thorough, impartial, independent, effective, rigorous and transparent about the threats mentioned above, to identify those responsible, bring them before an independent, competent and impartial in accordance with international and regional instruments protection of human rights, and apply penal, civil and / or administrative sanctions as provided by law;
iii. Ensure for an end to all forms of threats and harassment against Ms Masika and all defenders of human rights in DRC;
iv. Comply with the provisions of the Declaration on human rights adopted by the UN General Assembly December 9, 1998, and in particular:- In Article 1 which states that "everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to promote the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels",- And Article 12.2, which states that "the State shall take all necessary measures to ensure that the competent authorities of everyone, individually and in association with others, against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure, pressure or any other arbitrary action as part of the legitimate exercise of rights contained in the present Declaration ";
v. More generally, comply with the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and regional and international instruments concerning human rights ratified by the DRC.
The Observatory, OMCT and FIDH, aims to protect human rights victims of violations and assist them as concrete as possible.