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Fred Bauma

A democracy activist and leader of the group La Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA), a non-violent civil society movement working for social justice and democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Fred Bauma, who is popularly known as “Congo’s Gandhi”, is renowned for his work of encouraging young people to create a better future through political participation and social entrepreneurship. Following his participation in a peaceful political event he was arrested and jailed in Kinshasa in March 2015. After an international campaign of media pressure led by Amnesty International he was freed eighteen months later. Considered to be one of the leading exponents of non-violent politics in Africa today Bauma is still working with LUCHA and is engaged in a wide range of activities aimed at making known the political situation and prevailing authoritarianism in the DRC.

Update: 20 November 2019