Fred Bauma

Fred Bauma

Fred Bauma is a leader of the pro-democracy youth group LUCHA, a civil society organization in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that advocates for nonviolent, community-level change and governmental reform. Known as "Congo's Gandhi,” Bauma encourages young people to create a better future through political participation and social entrepreneurship and has led successful campaigns for improved infrastructure throughout the country. He was arrested in March 2015 and spent 18 months in prison, where he faced the death penalty for organizing peaceful protests calling for rule of law. Amnesty International declared Bauma a prisoner of conscience and, following international pressure on his behalf, he was released in 2016 alongside his fellow activists. Bauma has addressed the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in Washington, D.C. about the state of democracy in the DRC. Bauma continues to work with LUCHA to demand the resignation of the country’s long-reigning president, Joseph Kabila.

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