AU, UN urge return to DR Congo dialogue and transition agreement

AU, UN urge return to DR Congo dialogue and transition agreement

With the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government transition process at a standstill, the African Union (AU) and other international partners said Thursday that all parties to the negotiated December 31 agreement need to return to the ongoing dialogue and begin the formal framework leading to new elections. The AU, along…

UDPS: Longtime DR Congo opposition leader Tshisekedi has died

Prominent opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a key figure in both current negotiations with President Joseph Kabila and the history of the nation, has died. “President Tshisekedi died today at 17:42 in Brussels,” said Bruno Tshibala, deputy secretary-general of the UDPS, in a statement from…

UN Security Council focuses on Kabila, DR Congo agreement status

Hervé Ladsous, head of the United Nations peacekeeping operations, has warned that any progress on the political crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) risks a reversal if the deal isn’t signed and implemented by all parties. Speaking to the 15-member United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, Ladsous said…

UNHCR: #Kabila needs to publicly endorse DR Congo agreement

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said Friday that President Joseph Kabila needs to publicly endorse the agreement to end his tenure – a development that the global community is still waiting to see. A successful mediation by Roman Catholic bishops of the nation’s National Episcopal Conference (CENCO),…

Deep concern: Envoy, NGOs warn U.S. Congress of need to act on DRC

Diplomats and human rights advocates testified before U.S. Congress members on Tuesday during a hearing on the Democratic Republic of Congo. The hearing focused on containing the crisis as President Joseph Kabila refuses to step down from his constitutionally determined term on December 19. Two U.S. government officials and four…

ICC send Congolese militia leaders back to DRC

Two Congolese militia leaders have been sent back to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague in order to complete their sentences for war crimes. It was announced on Saturday that Germain Katanga and Thomas Lubanga will be transferred to the DRC…

Fighting in DRC kills up to 30

At least 13 people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), however the number could be as high as 30. Mixed reports are coming in but it does seem clear that a United Nations peacekeeper was killed during the attack. A regional official told AFP they…

DRC warlord sentence reduced by ICC

Today the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) reviewed Germain Katanga’s sentence deciding to reduce it, reported the ICC in The Hague. Katanga is a convicted Congolese war criminal who was sentenced to 12 years in prison 2014 and he is the first ICC convict to be freed,…