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Miriam Furaha is a woman human rights defender and member of the non-profit organization Dynamique des Femmes Leaders d'IRUMU (DYFELE). DYFELE is a grass-roots NGO made up of women working to protect the rights of indigenous peoples, land rights, and social justice in the province of Ituri, North-Kivu. Since the instatement of the state of emergency over North-Kivu in May 2021, DYFELE and it’s members have continuously been targeted by law enforcement for their peaceful and legitimate work.

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In 2018, the Democratic Republic of the Congo saw the advent of a new government following long-awaited presidential elections. HRDs and other civil society actors were lauded for their advocacy as they worked tirelessly to call for a return to democratic institutions and good governance; their efforts played a significant role in the elections process. The advent of a new government is an opportunity to push forward the human rights agenda and ensure the protection of HRDs as the new president, Mr. Felix Tshisekedi, made commitments to respect human rights, to open up civic space ,and to protect HRDs who are at risk.