Rep. Smith Statement on Detention of Human Rights Advocate in the Republic of the Congo

Washington, May 10, 2018

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, issued the following statement on the detention of Franck Nzila, human rights advocate, in the Republic of the Congo:

“Yesterday’s detention of Franck Nzila, human rights advocate, is a worrisome indicator that the Republic of the Congo is beginning to use China’s repressive and regressive blueprint of government control and is moving in the wrong direction away from upholding universally-recognized human rights. Yesterday’s testimony from Nanythe Talani before the subcommittee should let the Republic of the Congo government know that the world is paying attention.” 

Originally published on Rep. Chris Smith website.

Rep. Chris Smith is the author of the law called Global Magnitsky that put sanctions on Dan Gertler in DRC

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