Human rights defender
Josselin is a Congolese Human Rights Defender (HRD) working to defend and promote human rights, democracy and peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is the president of a non-governmental organization (NGO) called Blessed Aid. The work of Josselin mainly focuses on documentation and identification of victims of ordinary and international crimes; legal support and raising awareness of victims of human rights violations, specifically victims of international crimes (mass crimes); supervision and preparation of victims for their active participation to trials; analyze and evaluate security and protection issues for victims, witnesses and other people involved. Besides peace and human rights, sexual and gender-based violence (GBV & SGBV), education, healthcare and overall protection, Blessed Aid also focuses its activities on social and economic empowerment of women and youth, both boys and girls affected by the different conflicts in the eastern DR Congo.
Human rights violations in DRC
A myriad of human rights violations continue to be committed in different areas in DRC, especially in the eastern part of the country. The alleged perpetrators of these violations are non-state armed groups who daily commit ordinary and mass crimes including sexual violence such as rape, mutilations, killings, kidnappings and forced recruitment of children. Unfortunately, a large number of human rights violations are also committed by the state security forces including by members from the police and intelligence services.
Threats and challenges
Due to his work and activism, Josselin is under a lot of pressure. His security situation has worsened and even his family and colleagues have been facing persecutions because of his work. Josselin is specifically a target because of his work directly accompanying victims. All this had made it unsafe for Josselin to walk and work freely in and around Goma. He was several times obliged to relocate from his home to other quarters in Goma and has even passed a couple of months outside Goma.