Loading
U.S. Bishops appalled by arbitrary arrest of human rights workers in Congo
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has expressed its “deep concern” over what they call the arbitrary arrest and detention of two human rights workers in the African nation of Congo.

In a letter to Ambassador Serge Mombouli of the Republic of the Congo, Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, chairman of the Bishop’s committee on International Policy joined the voices of the U.S. bishops “with those of our brother bishops in the Republic of the Congo” in expressing dismay over the arrest of Brice Makosso and Christian Mounzeo.

He pointed out that the two have “now been held in custody since Friday, April 7, 2006 without charge.”

Bishop Wenski cited an April 10th declaration from the Conference of Bishops of the Congo (CEC) which stated that the prelates are “particularly alarmed by the numerous irregularities in judicial procedure leading to this incarceration that would suggest other, less explicit motives for this affair.”

“The U.S. bishops”, he said, “share the apprehension that these two men may be suffering harassment as a result of their tireless efforts to ensure a measure of transparency in the management of your country’s abundant natural resources, rather than for any sort of malfeasance.”

Calling for justice and due process of law, he added that “the U.S. bishops request you to convey to your government an urgent appeal for the immediate and unconditional release of…Makosso and Mounzeo, as well as for an end to all forms of harassment of, or reprisals against, these two defenders of human rights.”

The USCCB reported that Brice Makosso is Permanent Secretary of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Congo Bishops’ Conference, while Mr. Christian Mounzeo serves as President of the Peace and Human Rights Group (RPDH).

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Nov
27

Liturgical Calendar

November 27, 2014

Thursday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 17:11-19

Gospel
Date
11/27/14
11/25/14
11/24/14

Daily Readings


Gospel:: Lk 21: 20-28

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
11/27/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 17:11-19

Homily
Date
11/27/14
11/25/14
11/24/14