Déborah Kitumaini Kasiba

Democractic Republic of Congo

At a Glance

Déborah’s husband, Pascal Kabungulu, was an eminent human rights defender in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where he exposed corruption and government abuses. In the middle of the night on July 31, 2005, men in military uniforms entered Pascal’s home and shot him in front of his wife and children. He was pronounced dead shortly after reaching the hospital.

Since then, Déborah and her family continue their fight against impunity, now from their new home in Canada where they have resettled as refugees. They hope that, one day, the truth about Pascal’s assassination will come to light, and that the perpetrators will be held accountable. Given that their justice efforts in the DRC were essentially blocked, Déborah and her children decided to bring the case to the international stage. With the help of CCIJ and the organization TRIAL, they filed a complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Committee in February 2016 to demonstrate that Pascal’s rights, as well as their own, were violated. The complaint also urged the DRC to reopen the investigation into Pascal’s death.

Photographer: Aljosa Alijagic.

Her Quest for Justice

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In Her Own Words

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