February 16, 2023
A tribute to Daniel Machozi Mupanza, Congolese human rights defender
Shelter City mourns the passing of Daniel Machozi Mupanza, a Congolese human rights defender, environmental activist, and former guest of Shelter City The Hague. We want to pay tribute to Daniel for his tireless work and unwavering commitment to social justice.
Daniel Machozi Mupanza was a human rights defender from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He worked on a variety of issues, including women’s rights, conflict resolution, and environmental protection.
As the chief investigator for the organization CREDDHO, (Centre de Recherche sur l’Environnement, la Démocratie et les Droits de l’Homme) he monitored human rights violations and provided psychosocial and legal assistance to victims of SGBV and child labor. He also organized information sessions on human rights and environmental protection and promoted nature conservation of the Virunga National Park and Lake.
Despite repeated death threats, arbitrary arrests, and intimidating messages from law enforcement agents and armed groups, Daniel never gave up his fight for justice. He worked tirelessly towards a more just, dignified, and safe world.
Daniel’s stay in Shelter City
During his stay in the Netherlands, Daniel received much-needed rest and respite. Hosted in Shelter City The Hague, he received training in physical, digital, and organizational security. Daniel was eager to raise awareness about the situation he faced back home with relevant organizations and at various events. The highlights of his stay included a visit to the ICC and taking English classes.
Daniel passed away on February 6th after a short illness. He leaves behind his wife, children, friends, family, and colleagues at CREDDHO. Shelter City extends our heartfelt condolences to Daniel’s loved ones, friends, and colleagues during these difficult times.
We will always remember Daniel as a determined and courageous man with whom we shared many laughs. He was exceptionally humble, kind, and encouraging, and he became a dear friend to us all. We feel honoured to have met him and will never forget his commitment to human rights and environmental protection. Daniel’s heart was filled with kindness and joy, and his legacy will continue to motivate us all.