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Urgent Action: Artisanal miners at risk as the army moves in

Some 10,000 artisanal miners are at risk of serious human rights violations. They could be forcibly removed by the army from a mining area owned by one of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) largest cobalt producers, Tenke Fungurume Mining (TFM). On 17 June 2019, the DRC army deployed up to 800 soldiers to the area. The artisanal miners have been given until 2 July 2019 to voluntarily leave the area after which they will be forcibly removed.

Take action.




Please write urgently in your own words or using the template letter included in English or French to:


President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo 
Excellency Mister Félix Tshisekedi
Salutation: Dear Mister President

And copies to:

Governor of Lualaba Province
Mr. Richard Muyej Mangez Mans
Salutation: His excellency


Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

HER EXCELLENCY MS MARIE NDJEKA OPOMBO Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo 45-49 Great Portland Street W1W 7LD 020 7580 3931 Fax 020 7580 8713

Please check with your section before sending appeals after the above date.

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