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Rossy Tshimanga Mukendi

HRD & First Counsellor
Mouvement Citoyen Collectif 2016 (Collective Citizen Movement 2016)

Rossy Tshimanga Mukendi is a human rights defender and First Counsellor of the Mouvement Citoyen Collectif 2016 (Collective Citizen Movement 2016). The Mouvement Citoyen Collectif 2016 is a youth-led pro-democracy movement based in Kinshasa which promotes human rights, in particular the rights to freedom of expression and association, through awareness raising and peaceful demonstrations. Mouvement Citoyen Collectif 2016 focuses its work in the capital and has aligned itself with other youth-led civil society movements such as LUCHA and Filimbi.

The situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains volatile and human rights defenders (HRDs) remain at grave risk. They continue to operate at serious personal risk in an atmosphere of violence, hostility and instability. Absence of the rule of law and a climate of impunity prevail. As a consequence of carrying out activities such as investigating and exposing atrocities, combating sexual violence, advocacy with respect to the elections, and independent journalism, many HRDs have been subject to threats and attacks.