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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.

10 Oct 2016 description
report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

1. The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2277 (2016), in which the Council requested me to report on the implementation of the commitments under the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region.(1) It covers developments since the issuance of my report of 9 March 2016 (S/2016/232) and provides information on peace and security developments in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region until 20 September 2016.

07 Oct 2016 description

News in Brief

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, riots erupted in Kinshasa on September 19 and 20. Opposition supporters took to the streets to protest against the postponement of presidential elections and ruling President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step down. During confrontations with the authorities, dozens of people died. Ten days after the violence, the national dialogue resumed. However, the largest opposition parties, organised under the “Rassemblement” umbrella, refused to participate, which raises questions about the dialogue’s credibility.

29 Sep 2016 description
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This report by the Escola de Cultura de Pau (School for a Culture of Peace) and Centre Delàs d’Estudis per la Pau, with the support of the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation, examines the situation affecting the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Although the intensity of the conflict has been gradually reduced over the past two decades, in the east of the country the instability and the situation of violence and remain active.

22 Sep 2016 description

Goma, DR Congo | AFP | Thursday 9/22/2016 - 12:08 GMT

Seven people were killed overnight in an attack in eastern DR Congo blamed on Ugandan rebel group the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), the army said Thursday.

"The ADF killed seven people and burned down houses" in Kasinga in the Beni region, army spokesman Mak Hazukay told AFP, adding that fighting between soldiers and the rebels was ongoing.

Local official Gilbert Kambale said 15 houses had been set on fire and five people were reported missing.

22 Sep 2016 description

Goma, RD Congo | AFP | jeudi 22/09/2016 - 11:40 GMT |

Sept civils ont été tués dans la nuit de mercredi à jeudi dans une attaque attribuée aux rebelles ougandais des Forces démocratiques alliées (ADF) dans la région de Beni, dans l'est de la République démocratique du Congo, a-t-on appris auprès de l'armée.

"Les ADF ont tué sept personnes et brûlé des maisons" à Kasinga, un quartier périphérique de Beni, a déclaré à l'AFP le lieutenant Mak Hazukay, porte-parole de l'armée dans cette région de la province du Nord-Kivu.

08 Sep 2016 description

News in Brief On September 1, facilitator Edem Kodjo initiated the national dialogue in the Democratic Republic of Congo, bringing together government, opposition (“Rassemblement”) and civil society members to discuss the organisation of peaceful elections. However, several leading opposition figures, such as Etienne Tshisekedi, Moïse Katumbi and the Lucha movement, refused to engage. During the launch of the meeting, clashes erupted in Kinshasa between youth opposition supporters and the Congolese police, leading to dozens of arrests.

25 Aug 2016 description

News in Brief

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, preparatory talks for a national dialogue were started by facilitator Edem Kodjo on August 23 in order to relieve the political tensions in the country.
However, few key members of the opposition attended and the “Rassemblement” umbrella called for a nationwide “ville-morte”.
The call was answered in some parts of Kinshasa, but ignored in other big Congolese cities. During the demonstrations in Kinshasa, two people were injured and 32 people were arrested.

18 Aug 2016 description

News in Brief

Over the past two weeks, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, visited his counterparts in Uganda and Rwanda. Security appeared to be high on the agenda and both neighbouring countries committed to greater security and intelligence cooperation with the DRC. During a bilateral meeting between Ugandan and Rwandan police forces, the need for closer cross-border cooperation was also emphasized.