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David Bugamba

David Bugamba

HRD, Lawyer & Legal Consultant
Initiative Congolaise pour la Justice et la Paix – ICJP

David Bugamba is a member of the Bar Association of Bukavu and a legal consultant for the Congolese Initiative for Justice and Peace (Initiative Congolaise pour la Justice et la Paix – ICJP), an organisation that works for the protection and promotion of human rights in the DRC. The human rights defender also works for the Panzi's Legal Clinic in Bukavu where he assists victims of sexual violence.


Congolese human rights defenders are frequent targets of intimidation, judicial proceedings, stigmatisation, death threats, arbitrary arrest, incommunicado detentions, gender based violence, ill treatment in prison including refusal of access to lawyers and medical care, physical assault and in some cases torture or killing by DRC government agents or armed groups. Many HRDs are frequently forced into hiding as a result of the threats against their security and the safety of their families.