|Born||4 September, 1994|
|Nationality||Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|Known for||"one of" the youngest prisoners of conscience|
Rebecca Kabugho (born 4 September 1994) is a Congolese activist who was detained by the government. She was said to be one of the youngest prisoners of conscience and she was given an International Women of Courage Award in 2017.
Kabugho was born in Goma in 1994 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She was a member of the LUCHA (Lutte pour le changement - Struggle for Change) which had been founded in her home town in June 2012. LUCHA was a non-hierarchical non-violent movement for change.
LUCHA was opposed by Congo's National Intelligence Agency as a "insurrectionist movement". Kabugho and she was one of six members arrested on 16 February after several peaceful protests but the protest at that time was named "Dead City". She and the other five men were charged with encouraging civil disobedience over President Joseph Kabila's disregard of Congo's constitution.
On 19 December 2016, Rebecca was amongst 19 other activists who were arrested again for protesting against what they consider as an unconstitutional government. She was released within a week but continued to be a leading non-violent campaigner for improvements in Congo.
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- "LUCHA: Youth movement in Congo demands social justice". www.pambazuka.org. Retrieved 2017-08-16.
- "Biographies of the Finalists for the 2017 International Women of Courage Awards". www.state.gov. Archived from the original on 2017-03-29. Retrieved 2017-08-16.
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