Human rights defender
Arsène is the co-founder of an organisation which fights against marginalisation and aims to provide access to basic social services in South Kivu. His work as a human rights lawyer focuses largely on the rights of women and children in situations of conflict.
Human rights violations in the DRC
Government repression in the lead up to the upcoming elections has created an extremely hostile political climate in the DRC. Widespread violence rooted in this election chaos has left over 4.5 million people displaced. In addition there are also serious questions regarding the transparency of the election procedure and the stifling of the freedom of the media.
Threats and harassment
Over the past few years Arsène has faced numerous threats and harassment for highlighting the injustice of arbitrary arrests of civilians. He has been followed, received threatening phone calls and experienced trespass on his property. These threats to his own security have had undesirable effects on his ability to help victims of violence.