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17 Feb 2017 description

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, clashes between security forces and Bundu Dia Mayala elements erupted in Kinshasa on February 13 and continued the next day. Reportedly, four people were killed and about 30 others injured. Again, many provinces saw attacks by armed groups over the past weeks.

08 Feb 2017 description

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, fears continue to grow about the alleged reappearance of ex-M23 rebels in the eastern part of the country. The DRC again witnessed a lot of armed group activity over the past weeks.

20 Jan 2017 description

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Congolese authorities are concerned about rumours that hundreds of ex-M23 elements came from Uganda to resettle in east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Meanwhile, negotiations continued between the Alliance of the Presidential Majority and the Rassemblement about what the Congolese government should look like.

22 Dec 2016 description

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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.

15 Dec 2016 description

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

13 Oct 2016 description

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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.

07 Oct 2016 description

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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.

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

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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.