THE STORY OF
LUCHA'S NON-VIOLENT YOUTH-ORGANIZED FIGHT FOR DRC PEACE, PROGRESS, AND PROSPERITY
LUCHA RDC or Lutte pour le Changement (Struggle for Change) is a nonviolent, non-partisan, youth-organized citizen movement made up of Congolese from all walks of life, origins and religions who share in a united desire for a truly independent, constitutional, democratic and prosperous Congo, and who militate for its advent through nonviolent actions.
Today LUCHA RDC poses the greatest resistance to Congo's dictator, Joseph Kabila. As a result, LUCHA youth have been captured, tortured, and killed by the Kabila-led state government.
Since 2016 students and church leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo have led non-violent protests demanding that Joseph Kabila, Dictator of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, allow for free and fair elections mandated by the Congolese Constitution.
Since then, Kabila has rebuked the Constitution and refused to step down as President. Protesters are being arrested, beaten and killed. Recently, Kabila's police have taken to firing live ammunition and tear gas at youth, church goers, and Priests.
In response to Kabila's usurpation of the Congolese constitution and lethal action against the People, the United States Congress has introduced H.R. 6207: "Democratic Republic of the Congo Democracy and Accountability Act of 2018" calling on Dictator Kabila to hold peaceful elections by the end of 2018 or face debilitating sanctions and increasing pressure.
THE UNITED STATES STANDS WITH CONGO
In October 2017, the U.S. Senate sent a letter to the U.S. President urging him to address the political and humanitarian crises in DRC. Declaring Human Rights Abuse across the globe a National Emergency in December 2017 and commissioning the U.S. Treasury to hunt down and bring to Justice Human Rights Abusers in DRC and around the world, The White House listened.
U.S. Department of State Calls the U.N. to Action
The United States calls for the United Nations to investigate the deaths of UN employees and human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
U.S. Executive Order 13413
Notice Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
U.S. Global Human Rights Sanctions, Dan Girtler and 20 DRC Multinationals
United States Sanctions Human Rights Abusers and Corrupt Actors Across the Globe
U.S. Humanitarian Aid, Largest Single Donor
The United States announces additional emergency assistance for DRC
U.S. Congressional Letter to Dictator Kabila
U.S. Senators Urge DRC Dictator Joseph Kabila to Hold Free and Fair Elections on Schedule
U.S. House Bill 6207 (in progress)
H.R. 6207: Democratic Republic of the Congo Democracy and Accountability Act of 2018
U.S. Investigation into apex DRC predator, Glencore, Plc
U.S. Department of Justice launches corruption and money-laundering probe into Glencore Plc
U.S. Treasury Amendments to DRC Sanctions Regulations
Strengthening of Sanctions and Regulations targeting peace, Human Rights, and DRC elections