Research Director, Congo Research Group
Fred Bauma is a democracy activist and member of the group La Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA), a non-violent civil society movement working for social justice and democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Bauma is renowned for his work encouraging young people to create a better future through political participation and social entrepreneurship. He currently works as Research Director of the Congo Research Group, a research project based at the Center of International Cooperation at New York University.
Following Bauma’s participation in a peaceful political event, he was arrested and jailed in Kinshasa in March 2015. After an international campaign of media pressure led by Amnesty International, Bauma was freed 18 months later. Considered to be one of the leading exponents of non-violent politics in Africa today, Bauma is still working with LUCHA and other movements in Africa and is engaged in a wide range of activities aimed at making known the political situation in the DRC. LUCHA received Amnesty’s Ambassador of Conscience Award in 2016.