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DRC must rescind order to block social media sites

In response to reports that the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have ordered internet firms to block access to social media sites on 18 December, Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: Please follow and like us:

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Children at risk in the hands of the FDLR in eastern of Democratic Republic of the Congo

By: Joseph H. Cavallaro- Vision GRAM-International     May 26, 2015 – In recent weeks, several hundred Congolese children have escaped from armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Though the freeing of children from armed groups is always a cause for celebration, there are still an estimated 30,000 children fighting with armed groups in the DR Congo. The armed rebel group that uses many of these child soldiers is the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).  They are remnants of the original FDLR that is responsible…

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Democratic Republic Congo Must Guarantee ‘Space’ for Opposition Ahead of Vote: UN

KINSHASA:  The United Nations on Sunday called on the Democratic Republic of Congo to respect its citizens’ civil liberties as the political climate has turned tense ahead of key elections next year. “Political space must be guaranteed, space for the opposition, space for civil society, for the defenders of human rights,” Martin Kobler, head of the UN peacekeeping mission MONUSCO in DRC, said in an interview with AFP. “It’s very important and we are in contact with the government” on these subjects, he added. Tensions have been rising in DR Congo…

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Stop ignoring massacres in Africa

By: Jennifer  Fierberg We live in a world filled with terrorist attacks. So much so that they become the noise of the nightly news that most Westerners ignore. Simply watching the nightly news or scanning social media for a few minutes will typically reveal the horrors of terrorism in all corners of the world. However, why do some attacks garner coverage, political marches and the response of world leaders yet others barely make the bottom corner of a news report?   Earlier this year in Paris, terrorists murdered 12 members…

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U.S. diplomat arrested with pro-democracy activists in Congo

Security forces in Democratic Republic of Congo arrested a U.S. diplomat along with pro-democracy activists, journalists and musicians on Sunday following a news conference in the capital Kinshasa, a government spokesman and witnesses said. The event was held by activists from Congo, Senegal and Burkina Faso at a cultural center and was attended by around 20 journalists and observers. Around a dozen soldiers, both in uniform and civilian clothes, entered the hall as the news conference finished and began making arrests, a Reuters witness said, adding that some attendees were assaulted during the…

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Ban Ki-Moon Admits Failure in DRC

By Jennifer Fierberg

Kabilam Kagame and MoonPredicts Period of Instability in the Great Lakes Region

Just days ago, Senator Russell Feingold, the U.S. special envoy working to stabilize Africa’s Great Lakes region, announced he will give his final speech in this position. His press release stated the following, “On February 24, Senator Feingold will give his final speech as U.S. special envoy at the U.S. Institute of Peace to offer his current insights on the DRC, on the prospects for ending the militia violence in the country’s east, and for improving political stability in the Great Lakes region.” Further the press release states, “Senator Feingold has now spent 18 months as the U.S. special envoy for the Great Lakes region and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has helped negotiate an end to the M23 rebellion in the eastern DRC and has worked to improve human rights protections for women in that region. He has advocated military reforms in the country, and has pushed for greater dialogue and collaboration among the DRC, Rwanda, and other states in the Great Lakes Region. In his discussion at USIP, Senator Feingold will review recent accomplishments in the region and the challenges ahead. He will outline what he sees as policy priorities for the United States and international community.”

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U.S. envoy urges Congo to set date for presidential election

By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo should promptly set a date for a presidential election in 2016, a senior U.S. envoy said on Monday, increasing international pressure on President Joseph Kabila to step down at the polls next year. Last month, street protests killed 42 people and forced lawmakers to drop an electoral reform bill the opposition said was aimed at keeping Kabila in power. The attention has now shifted to the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) which has yet to set a date for the…

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Congo delays vote on electoral law, West urges revisions

Democratic Republic of Congo’s Senate has delayed until Friday a vote on changes to the electoral law after calls from Western powers to withdraw or alter the proposed bill, which has sparked days of violent protests. The new legislation calls for a census before elections due next year. President Joseph Kabila’s allies say the move is necessary to update voter lists, but critics say it is a ploy to allow him to remain in office beyond the period of his final term. The capital was largely quiet on Thursday but…

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DR Congo unrest: Catholic church backs protests

The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo has thrown its weight behind protests against President Joseph Kabila extending his rule. It called on people to peacefully oppose his move to delay presidential elections until a census is held. At least 11 people have so far been been killed in the protests. It is the worst unrest in the capital, Kinshasa, since the riots which broke out after Mr Kabila won a second term in disputed elections in 2011. Mr Kabila, who first took power in 2001 following the…

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U.N., Congo attack Burundi rebels ahead of drive against Rwandan FDLR

United Nations and Congolese troops launched strikes on Monday against remnants of a Burundian rebel group based in the rugged borderlands of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a U.N. military spokesman said. The strikes targeted the National Liberation Forces (FNL), but a U.N. diplomat said they were mainly aimed at clearing the way for an offensive against another group, Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which has been at the heart of years of conflict in Central Africa’s Great Lakes region. Attack helicopters from Congo’s U.N. mission, known as…

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