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30 Jan 2015 description

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Friday 1/30/2015 - 20:53 GMT

Rwandan Hutu rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday pledged to disarm a day after the Congolese army threatened a fresh offensive.

In a statement posted online on Friday, the rebels said: "The FDLR, in their determination to continue to work for peace in the region... reaffirm their commitment to following the disarmament process."

30 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), armed conflict and the corresponding displacement of people continue to dominate the humanitarian context in the eastern part of the country, including southeastern Katanga province, with over 2.7 million people still displaced.In Katanga alone, the number of newly displaced people increased by 22 per cent in the second half of 2014.2 Population movement in DRC is complex and dynamic: attacks on people and gross violations of human rights by numerous armed actors continue, with zones of violence and displacement constantly shifting with zones …

29 Jan 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11757
7371st Meeting (AM)
SECURITY COUNCIL
MEETINGS COVERAGE

The Security Council today extended its arms embargo, asset freeze and travel ban on the Democratic Republic of the Congo till 1 July 2016 and the mandate of the Expert Group assisting the Sanctions Committee through 1 August 2016.

Unanimously adopting resolution 2198 (2015) under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the Council continued to enforce the sanctions, strongly condemning all armed groups operating in the region and their violations of humanitarian and human rights laws.

29 Jan 2015 description
map Maplecroft

Security concerns pose major challenges to mining operations in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. At least 40 armed groups continue to operate in the east of the country and violent clashes between rival factions occur frequently. Both the Congolese army and the UN mission MONUSCO are engaged in ongoing counter-insurgency operations.

28 Jan 2015 description

Worsening of the food insecurity situation in Ituri (Province Orientale) and in Boende (Equateur); persistence of the Emergency Phase in Punia (Maniema), Shabunda (South-Kivu), Manono, Mitwaba and Pweto (Katanga)

The analysis of the 12th IPC cycle conducted in DRC covered the entire rural areas of the national territory. The work performed by the technical groups showed that:

28 Jan 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Allow Christopher Ngoyi Immediate Access to Lawyer, Family

(Kinshasa) – Democratic Republic of Congo authorities should immediately provide information on the whereabouts of and any charges against human rights activist Christopher Ngoyi Mutamba, Human Rights Watch said today. Ngoyi is feared to have been forcibly disappeared since his arrest on January 21, 2015.

27 Jan 2015 description
report Enough Project

Executive Summary and Recommendations

From the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to Al-Shabaab, many of the world’s most infamous and destabilizing armed actors today finance their activities in part through the illegal exploitation and trade of natural resources. Theft in the context of armed conflict constitutes the war crime of pillage, which is punishable in most domestic jurisdictions and at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

27 Jan 2015 description

Mitwaba, 15 - 17 January – The Department of plan and Civil Society in South Katanga organized from 15 to 17 January a capacity-building workshop on local development planning in Mitwaba, a locality situated more than 450 Km from Lubumbashi.

The workshop was attended by about forty participants mainly from the public service, civil society organizations as well as from the different sectors and districts of Mitwaba; it received logistic and financial support from MONUSCO, through its Civil Affairs section in Lubumbashi and the International NGO Rescue Committee (IRC).

27 Jan 2015 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 27 January 2015 (IRIN) - Aid agencies have sunk hundreds of millions of dollars into eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in the past two decades. But seeing little long-term impact or prospect of stability, some are now calling for an overhaul of the way aid is delivered in the long-troubled region.

27 Jan 2015 description

Enrique Paz

When the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) launched forty years ago, less than 5% of children worldwide received vaccines in their first year of life. Now, thanks to global efforts largely supported by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, 83% of children receive vaccinations before their first birthday.

26 Jan 2015 description

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Monday 26/1/2015 - 16:41 GMT | by Marthe BOSUANDOLE

A call by the Congolese opposition for peaceful demonstrations to oust President Joseph Kabila went unheeded Monday as authorities maintained a crippling block on text messages and social networks used to rally demonstrators.

Only about 50 people gathered at the headquarters of veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi's Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UPDS) in the capital Kinshasa, despite the party calling for mass protests.

26 Jan 2015 description

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Sunday 1/25/2015 - 19:47 GMT

by Habibou BANGRE

Parliament in the Democratic Republic of Congo voted on Sunday in favour of a new election law after deadly protests erupted over opposition charges it would extend President Joseph Kabila's term in office.

The bill was approved in both houses after lawmakers agreed to remove a contentious provision making elections contingent on a new electoral roll to be drawn up after a census across the vast country set to begin this year.

26 Jan 2015 description

Brussels | 23 Jan 2015

The adoption on 17 January 2015 by the Congolese National Assembly of a law, proposed by the government of President Joseph Kabila, that could lead to the extension of Kabila’s term in office has triggered violent protests in the capital of Kinshasa and several other cities. Before protests escalate further, Kabila’s government needs to revise the law and de-link the elections and the census, as was done today by the Senate in a bill that now goes back to the Assembly.

24 Jan 2015 description

1/24/2015 - 19:31 GMT

The Democratic Republic of Congo's lower house of parliament on Saturday agreed to scrap a contested part of an electoral bill that would have enabled President Joseph Kabila to extend his grip on power and that triggered days of deadly protests.

National Assembly speaker Aubin Minaku told AFP the controversial provision that would have delayed 2016 polls by making them depend on a census would be withdrawn from the planned legislation, which lawmakers will put to a vote in coming days.

24 Jan 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Halt Unlawful Shootings, Arrests

(Kinshasa) – The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has used unlawful and excessive force to crack down on protests since January 19, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. The demonstrators were protesting proposed changes to the electoral law that many Congolese believed would permit President Joseph Kabila to stay in office beyond his mandated two-term limit.

24 Jan 2015 description
report UN News Service

23 January 2015 – The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed alarm at the apparent excessive use of force by security officers against demonstrators in Democratic Republic of the Congo cities Kinshasa and Goma, and called for “a thorough and independent investigation” into the matter.

23 Jan 2015 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 23 January 2015 (IRIN) - In the coming days a specialist offensive unit of the UN's military mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo is expected to launch operations, together with the Congolese army, against a rebel group that has caused havoc in the east of the country for the past 20 years.

Earlier this month the Security Council authorized the operation against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which will be carried out by the Force Intervention Brigade of UN's Stabilisation Mission in DRC (MONUSCO).

23 Jan 2015 description

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Friday 1/23/2015 - 13:58 GMT

The Democratic Republic of Congo's Senate on Friday backed down on an electoral bill that triggered deadly protests in Kinshasa, with foes of President Joseph Kabila fearing it would prolong his term in office.

The 80 senators present unanimously passed an amendment to the most contested part of the planned legislation, already approved by the lower house of parliament, that would have delayed 2016 polls by making them depend on a prior census.

23 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

posted on JANUARY 21, 2015 by NICOLAS NTEMUANENGU

In December 2014 in northwestern Equateur province, our local partner ADSSE (Association pour le Développement Sociale et la Sauvegarde de l’Environement), assisted 4,700 families with two operations funded by the government of Belgium.

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