The career of the gynecologist has spanned more than 20 years, during which time he has treated tens of thousands of rape victims.
The UN said recent threats against Dr. Mukwege via social media and in telephone calls to him and his family “followed his condemnation of the continuing killings of civilians in eastern DRC and his renewed demands for accountability for violations and abuses of human rights “.
His family and colleagues from the Panzi hospital, where he works, were also targeted.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet also recently warned that Mukwege is “at serious risk”
Mukwege has received death threats in the past and survived a major assassination attempt in October 2012, when gunmen entered his home, shooting and killing his bodyguard.
The attempt came several weeks after a speech at the United Nations where he denounced the 16-year conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and called for justice.
“People start their narration at the moment of their choice. They choose to choose a point in time and start from there … the very long history of Rwanda or the DRC. People talk about cartographic reports, I don’t know what doesn’t make sense . “
A new wave of attacks
“The hospital where Dr. Mukwege works must also be protected,” Amnesty International’s deputy regional director for East Africa said on 4 September.
“In addition to hundreds of doctors, nurses and support staff who are concerned about their safety, the hospital contains thousands of medical records belonging to rape survivors, for which Dr. Mukwege has been a longtime advocate.”