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Obedi Karafuru

Obedi Karafuru was the president of the committee of former workers of the SICIA concession of Bishusha. He was playing a key role in a long-running land dispute involving more than 30,000 former workers at that company and concessionaires. He was also known for his tireless commitment to the defense of land rights.

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