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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Kagame isn’t the right person to lecture about tolerance, democracy and dialogue

By Nelson Gatsimbazi In a recent meeting called Tana High Level Forum (THLF) on security in African, which took place on 18th April 2015 in Addis Ababa the capital of Ethiopia, where Rwandan President Paul Kagame was among the speakers. His speech left many questions when he began lecturing the world about things beyond his ability of governance. In his presentation, President Paul Kagame stated that “Governments have a responsibility to protect citizens without discrimination; there are no two ways about it.”  He continued to say that they should allow…

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Military Purges in Rwanda Expose Cracks in Kagame Regime

Rwandan President Paul Kagame speaking at the London Summit on Family Planning, July 11, 2012 (U.K. Department for International Development photo).   Last month, three high-ranking Rwandan military figures close to President Paul Kagame were arrested and charged with so-called crimes against state security. The military purgeshave fueled fears of a political crisis for Kagame with dissension among the ranks of his party and backers in the army. Although officers have been arrested in the past and former Kagame supporters have fled the country and openly opposed him, last month’s detentions…

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NETHERLANDS CUTS BACK RWANDA SUPPORT

Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s president, is under growing pressure from international donors to end alleged support for a fresh rebellion in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. The Netherlands on Thursday became the first European country to announce it was suspending budget support to the Kigali government as a result of evidence in a report by a United Nations group of experts. The report accused Rwandan officials of violating a UN arms embargo by supplying weapons, ammunition and fighters to the M23 militia in eastern Congo responsible for the heaviest outbreak…

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Guinea-Bissau acting president, PM arrested in apparent military coup

STORY HIGHLIGHTS NEW: Acting president and prime minister are arrested by military, U.N. official says Those behind the coup attempt have no intention to stay in power, they say Coup group says Guinea-Bissau government signed secret deal with Angola The deal allows Angolan troops to attack Guinea-Bissau military, the group says   (CNN) — Guinea-Bissau’s military has arrested acting President Raimundo Pereira and Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior during an apparent coup, said Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Rice, who is also the current president of the…

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