The life of a Congolese doctor, Dr. Denis Mukwege, who won the 2018 Nobel Peace prize is in danger after he received a series of death threats, says the United Nations.
Dr. Mukwege, 65, a surgeon and gynaecologist, was awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize after decades of work at Panzi hospital in Bukavu – which was founded by him – helping women who had endured serious sexual abuse.
The threats have attracted the condemnation of U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, who has further called for the protection of Dr. Denis Mukwege and his family.
Rupert Colville, the Spokesperson for U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, said, “The threats appear to be more linked to his advocacy, you know his very robust positions taken on accountability, on the protection of women, as a result of what he’s seen in decades in hospital.”
Michelle Bachelet urged the DR Congo authorities to adopt a draft law on the protection and regulation of the activity of human rights defenders “in a form that is fully consistent with international standards.”
Last week in lieu with the augmenting threats, DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi ordered for the protection of Dr. Denis Mukwege and his family.
An inquiry into the matter has also been set by the Congolese President.