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22 Dec 2016 description

News in Brief

On Monday, December 19, President Joseph Kabila’s second term ended in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Earlier mediation efforts by the Catholic Church (CENCO) between ruling and opposition parties did not yield any results, meaning Kabila remains in power. Amid fears of unrest in the wake of December 19, military and police deployed heavily and certain media channels were blocked. Demonstrations indeed erupted across the country, reportedly causing about 31 deaths, nine of which in the capital Kinshasa.

16 Dec 2016 description

Key Figure
Refugees: 449,764
Internally Displaced Persons: 1,960,198
Returnees: 45,561

15 Dec 2016 description

News in Brief

On Thursday, December 8, the Catholic Church (CENCO) initiated a new attempt at mediating a national dialogue between presidential majority and opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On Tuesday, December 13, about a dozen youth activists were arrested during the negotiations in Kinshasa, according to Human Rights Watch. Meanwhile, the United States and European Union announced sanctions against top DRC officials who are in their view responsible for violent repression.

09 Dec 2016 description

News in Brief

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the alliance behind current President, Joseph Kabila, left the mediation efforts by the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) between the alliance and the opposition coalition “Rassemblement”. Kabila’s mandate is set to end on December 19 and the Rassemblement already called for demonstrations should the President not step down from power.

01 Dec 2016 description

News in Brief

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, political tensions persist. The term of current President Joseph Kabila will come to an end on December 19. With the elections being postponed, Kabila will stay in power beyond his term. The fear grows on the national and international level that this would lead to a worsening security situation in the country due to violent protests and repression.

In North Kivu, about 35 people died on Sunday, November 27, when Mai Mai rebels attacked Luhanga village in Lubero territory.

24 Nov 2016 description

News in Brief

On Thursday, November 17, Samy Badibanga was appointed as the new Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The opposition platform “Rassemblement” called for nationwide demonstrations on Saturday, asking President Joseph Kabila to respect the end of his term. The police locked down opposition figure Etienne Tshisekedi’s residence and the opposition’s gathering location. Although not many responded to the call for protest, 24 people were arrested in Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, and Bunia.

18 Nov 2016 description

News in Brief

In line with last month’s conclusion of the national dialogue between President Kabila’s government and a small segment of the opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country’s Prime Minister, Augustin Matata Ponyo, announced his resignation on Monday, November 14. The majority of opposition parties, organised within the Rassemblement umbrella, do not acknowledge and boycotted the aforementioned dialogue and its result. Instead, they opt for a new inclusive dialogue mediated by CENCO (Conférence épiscopale nationale du Congo).

10 Nov 2016 description

News in Brief

On Saturday, November 5, the riot police broke up a demonstration by opposition (“Rassemblement”) supporters in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, by firing tear gas. Along with the United Nations, a coalition of civil society organisations called for lifting the ban on manifesting in the capital, which has been in place since September this year. Civil society and Human Rights Watch also denounced the blocking of media stations’ radio signals and arrests of journalists who give the floor to opposition voices.

27 Oct 2016 description
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Résumé analytique et recommandations

La République démocratique du Congo n’est pas un État failli, du moins pas pour tout le monde. C’est un échec pour la grande majorité des Congolais qui souff rent du délabrement des services de sécurité, de santé et d’éducation. À l’inverse, pour les élites dirigeantes et leurs partenaires commerciaux, qui cherchent à extraire ou trafi quer les ressources de manière illicite au détriment du développement du pays, le Congo est un État effi cace.

27 Oct 2016 description
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By Sasha Lezhnev

Executive Summary and Recommendations

The Democratic Republic of Congo is not a failed state—for everyone. It is a failure for the vast majority of Congolese who suffer from abysmal security, health care, and education services. However, it is an efficient state for ruling elites and their commercial partners who seek to extract or traffic resources at the expense of Congo’s development.

13 Oct 2016 description

News in Brief

This week, The UN expressed its concerns over the fragile political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, fearing it could lead to large-scale violence. Some good news was also announced, when the government stated that the number of cases of sexual violence in the country dropped by over 50 per cent over the past two years.