Congo DRC Must end Repression Against political opponents

Congo RDC Congo DRC Must end Repression Against political opponents

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    In a statement, the NGO Human Rights Watch urges the Congo government to end the repression against political opponents.

    Congo In a statement, Human Rights Watch calls on the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to undertake the unconditional release of young activists of the Struggle for Change (LUCHA) arrested Tuesday, February 16, 2016 during the day ghost town called by the opposition.
    This is Rebecca Kavugho Serge Sivya Justin Kambale, John Anipenda Ghislain Muhiwa and Melka Kamundu, all members of the citizens’ movement Struggle for Change (LUCHA) arrested by police in Goma, says HRW.
    These activists were sentenced to two years in prison by a court in the capital of the province of North Kivu.
    In Kinshasa, two other activists LUCHA, Welcome Matumo and Marc Heir Kapitene, were arrested at a hotel in the town of Bandalungwa, early in the morning of 16 February.
    According to HRW, these activists and at least 30 supporters of the political opposition were held February 16, 2016 at the ghost town day held to protest against the delay in the organization of presidential elections.
    “You stop us, we multiply us”, claim the youth Lucha and Filimbi arbitrarily and illegally detained in Goma.
    Other activists who supported the dead city received SMS threats from unknown telephone numbers, reports the American ONGDH.
    “Demonstrating peacefully is not a crime, and the Congolese authorities should immediately release all those unjustly arrested or detained under false accusations”, said Ida Sawyer, senior researcher on the Congo for Human Rights Watch. “These arrests form part of a crackdown increasingly strong against those who oppose the government’s attempts to delay the elections and extend the mandate of the president”, she adds.
    February 16, around 4:30 am, in the city of Goma in eastern DR Congo, the police entered the offices of an organization where young activists had prepared all the banners for the night day ghost town. One banner bore this inscription: “In 2016, we won the cup [of the African Championship of Nations football]; we can also win democracy “.
    The six were taken to the police station “P2” of Goma, where they were interrogated in the absence of a lawyer. Police also confiscated two laptops, six cell phones and banners. When Human Rights Watch visited the activists detained that night, one of them had a deep gash in his left arm that had been imposed on him during his arrest.
    February 17, around noon, twenty Goma students gathered outside the police station P2, peacefully protesting against the arrests. They held signs saying “We demand the release of our colleagues yesterday arrested and detained here”. Twenty police quickly dispersed the demonstrators, arresting and beating from several of them.


    For this platform of the opposition led by its coordinator Lisange Bonganga, trade with Corneille Nangaa were responsible, and an appointment is made to formulate proposals!
    The officers and the Plenary Assembly of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), headed by its president Cornelius Nangaa, continuing their consultations with stakeholders in the Congolese electoral process. It is in this framework that they exchanged yesterday Friday, February 25, with the “People’s Front”, one of the platforms of the opposition, on the condition of the electoral process in the country.
    “The allies of Etienne Tshisekedi,” which form the “People’s Front”, invited on this occasion, the CENI to respect constitutional deadlines, although through the coordinator Jean-Pierre Lisanga Bonganga, they qualified the maintenance charge between the two parties.
    The coordinator of the “People’s Front” has especially invited the president of the CENI “not to enter political debates” before supporting its platform holds a “consensual electoral calendar.”
    For his part, the president of the CENI retracted what he had said in the political structures of the opposition and the majority, as well as civil society, traditional leaders and members of provincial institutions Kinshasa (provincial government and provincial assembly) on the condition of the electoral process.
    Corneille Nangaa, can not meet the constitutional deadline and go to elections without having a voter registration. However, there is a complex process to achieve this important document containing all voters, allowing the elections.
    It is this technical aspect that he presented to Etienne Tshisekedi allies. He hoped that the opposition and the majority throw an option on policy issues facing the CENI before moving forward with the electoral process, which not only slow to start, but also knows serious financial difficulties.
    The two sides agreed to meet you in the next few days for this platform makes proposals to the INEC to allow the evolution of the electoral process.


    Pressed from within and outside the ruling majority has had to return to reason leaving flexibility to the CENI to organize the election of provincial governors. This was applauded in so far as this attitude tended to correct the odd which was the appointment, in violation of the laws and the Constitution, the famous special commissioners at the head of the provinces from cutting.
    This shift will have been of short duration; you might say: “chase the natural change their spots.” A few weeks after the publication by the CENI of the timetable for the elections, the MP was quick to take his skin ruthless beast. Elf comes to provide evidence that it will never let things go normally, that is to say according to democratic rules.
    Sources generally well informed, he is back as MP decided grab all provincial governorships. Knowing in poor vis-à-vis its electorate posture about broken promises, she has no choice but to resort to unconventional methods. Enjoying its influence on institutions, it is proposed to exclude from the race all the candidates of the Opposition and the like. Those candidates close to the former MP is placed obliged to pledge allegiance to the head of state and his political family. This is the case, in particular, members of the MP candidates who continued to declare itself independent. Among the targets include former provincial governors, provincial ministers and their aides.
    In a democracy, this practice is referred to by the term discrimination, political intolerance. “All those who are not with us will be excluded from the race,” said an officer of the MP adding that the CENI has been instructed to find a formula to invalidate all independent candidates whose control eludes them. Corneille Nangaa who had called at the end of pressure on his institution is taken literally. Where is his independence he who had hastened to declare that: “Whether it is the government, be it political parties, leave us alone. Whether it’s partners, leave the INEC because it has a constitutional mandate. ” The president of the CENI is taken in this case in its own trap.
    Quid? Independent candidates do not reassure related to the vision of PD. It would be superfluous to return to this vision as communicators of the MP were égosillés in the media to justify the shift of the electoral calendar. This is the principle of “I am and I remain” that gives no space to adversaries, and that the DRC is a democratic state in its constitutional foundations!
    What will happen on February 28? The question on everyone’s lips. Candidates governors who will be eliminated with the help of the CENI will they let it go and accept, once again, the arbitrary? Hard to say. However, some were of the opinion that it is time that the calls of the international community will produce fruit in the head of the MP that discomfort is more show its intentions to crisscross the entire country and kick ass, even block everything, otherwise.
    The Secretary General of the United Nations had called on all parties to move the dialogue inclusive said should swallow his words. For one party, in this case the MP does not give signals that would encourage reconciliation between all parties to reach consensus as required and recommended by the international community for a peaceful electoral process and realized within the constitutional time.
    Ban Ki-moon will he not realize Fa bad faith MP rowing against the tide and is obsessed with his desire to re-enlist at all costs? He should understand that he was swallowing snakes and its recommendation on the holding of the dialogue will not give the expected results.
    The MP seems brigaded a logic that is not ready to stop. A logical, after all, is suicidal and that far from promoting national cohesion, successful projects provided training for the country’s development.
    To recall, the election of provincial governors was originally scheduled for August 31, 2015. For reasons specific to the CENI, she was sent to 6 October 2015 before being postponed indefinitely. Finally, it is February 10, 2016 that the CENI was able to announce the election of governors and vice-governors of province for 26 March.


    The two heads of State of the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo held talks on Saturday 27 February, on the occasion of a working visit of several hours of President Joseph Kabila in Brazzaville.

    The official statement to this effect emphasizes that Denis Sassou Nguesso and his counterpart discussed issues related to bilateral cooperation between Brazzaville and Kinshasa as well as on the overall situation in the sub-region of Central Africa.

    Calling for strengthening bilateral cooperation in all fields, said the two presidents noted with satisfaction “the spirit of solidarity and mutual trust that characterizes the secular and fraternal relations’ that unite the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo . They also stressed the need for both countries to pool their efforts to fight against “new forms of threat to peace and security, including terrorism and cross-border insecurity.”

    Regarding the sub-region of Central Africa, Denis Sassou N’Gueso and Joseph Kabila Kabange showed their convergence on the course of events in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Republic Central and South Sudan. In particular, they called on Burundians to dialogue, praised the efforts of the United Nations Security Council and Secretary General Ban Ki Moon who had a mission of good offices in this country while expressing solidarity with the mission of high level of the African Union of five heads of State and Government.

    The two leaders welcomed the outcome of the electoral process in the Central African Republic and the election of the new president Faustin Archange Touadera. Joseph Kabila has it appreciated the role played by Denis Sassou Nguesso in mediation which has contributed to the crisis in Central Africa and also how his counterpart leads the advent of the new republic in his country.
    Note that trade between Kinshasa are common as evidenced by the working visit of President Joseph Kabila, the February 27, the President Denis Sassou Nguesso dating back to September 19, 2014.


    The Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC) have dislodged the FDLR rebels in several localities of Walikale and Lubero territories including Buleusa, Rusamambo, Mizinga, Rusoha and around, following the operations launched for one week in this country.

    The spokesman Sokola 2 operations in North Kivu, Captain William Ndjike Kaiko has delivered this assessment, Sunday, Jan. 31.

    “All these strongholds have fallen into the hands of the FARDC and are under control. The population needed his weapon and what has been done. The FARDC are there constantly to meet the expectations of our people, “he assured.

    The commander of the operation 2 Sokola also said the army killed two Rwandan rebels and captured many others before some FDLR surrender.

    Captain William Ndjike says FARDC recovered firearms after these clashes.

    FDLR rebels commit various atrocities against civilians in this part of North Kivu.

    A (re) read: North Kivu: the people of Walikale and Lubero insecure by the FDLR

    These Rwandan fighters kidnapped on 26 January 2015, fifty families in the locality of Bushalingwa in Ikobo group, straddling the territories of Lubero and Walikale (North Kivu).

    According to the Luofu civil society that had given this information, these Rwandan combatants had taken these households to an unknown destination after burning their homes.

    The same source indicates that these fighters occupied the village of Bushalingwa since October, 2015.


    People died in the night from Saturday to Sunday, February 28, during clashes between the displaced and villagers in Nyanzale Rusthuru territory in North Kivu.

    Local sources indicate that it all began when the body of a young IDP camp killed in his field was reduced by other early evening. These displaced youth accused the villagers of being Nyanzale at the base of his death and opted for revenge.

    They have in turn killed four Nyanzale village, a village in the area Bwalanda in chieftaincy Bwito.

    Sources close to the administration of the territory also speak of forty houses burned while some residents found refuge at the base of MONUSCO.

    The military of the DRC that are in operation Sokola 2 in this area, had to shoot in the air to disperse people throughout the night.

    Until the morning of Sunday, the FARDC got hold of a dozen people suspected perpetrators of these fires Nyanzale, according to military sources.

    The bodies are kept by their families and no local authority has expressed an opinion about the burial of these people.

    Right now, an uneasy calm prevails in this village.


    The NGO Club Nyiragongo urges start independent investigations to determine responsibilities, following the death of people following clashes between the displaced and villagers Nyanzale in Rusthuru territory (North Kivu).
    The Secretary General of this structure, Mr. Innocent Segihobe made the call on Sunday 28th February.
    “We ask that there is fair investigations. What happens to Nyanale is the atrocities that we all know since November of last year in Lubero and Walikale. They massacred people were killed with machetes, were slain in Buleusa and Miriki, “he said.
    He also accused some political leaders of Rutshuru to pull strings to keep conflicts between communities in this part of North Kivu.
    “Some [political leaders] are themselves past the media to call for hatred. We demand that the State seizes of these people and put them out of harm’s way so that communities live in peace. It’s strange that there are communities who fight while since the 60s, they lived together in the Lubero and Walikale, “continued Mr. Innocent Segihobe.
    The conflict between the displaced and the inhabitants of Nyanzale began when the body of a young IDP camp and killed in his field, was brought down by others in the early evening. These displaced youth Nyanzale accused the villagers of being at the root of this death and in turn killed four villagers Nyanzale.
    Sources close to the administration of the territory of Rutshuru say they have identified about forty houses burned while some residents Nyanzale found refuge at the base of MONUSCO.


    Congolese Foundation for the Promotion of Human Rights and Peace (FOCDP) launched Saturday 27 February, an extension campaign of civil and political rights in secondary schools in Kisangani (Tshopo).

    This campaign aims to get students to change mentality, emphasized, André Kito, President of the National Executive FOCDP.

    For André Kito, young people must change their mindset to “have a culture of respect for human rights, respects human dignity in their society and culture, working for the development of their city.”

    Fifteen conventionnées and private schools in the city are targeted to first, under five secondary schools every weekend. The campaign will run until 23 March.

    For the first day, 77 students from 16 to 18 years of the Catholic Institute of Maendeleo network were sensitized on the articles of the constitution of the DRC who speak of civic rights.

    “We said we have the right to study, to justice, to life, freedoms and walk,” Hope restored Amundala, student scientific fifth.


    Hippos, become numerous on the Ubangi river, threatening the populations of villages and settlements located along this river, in territory Mobayi-Mbongo (Nord-Ubangi District).

    The provincial civil society delivered this information Sunday February 28 at Radio Okapi.

    This structure indicates that a hippopotamus had killed it a week ago, a young man who was fishing at the height of the village Gbiaka, about fifty km from Gbadolite.

    This created panic in this town and in the camps, where residents now fear fish on the Ubangi River.

    The president of the Civil Society of Nord-Ubangi District, Taylor Taima, asks the authorities to take steps to stem these hippos and secure the population of this part of the Nord-Ubangi District:

    “I launch a cry of alarm in the place of the authorities. I know it is a protected species but I think the man is worth more than the hippopotamus. Therefore, I ask the authorities to take steps to discharge these hippos worry if they attack people. This delicate situation demands that we can take draconian measures against these hippos. ”

    Taylor Taima has also considered it necessary that these animals are suppressed to enable people -which basically live off fishing and Farmer Field to live in peace.


    A hundred officers and executives of Gécamines protested Friday, February 26 in Lubumbashi against possible changes to the collective agreement, and fearful of losing their benefits. For the occasion, they met with the Special Commissioner of Haut-Katanga. The leaders of this company insist on the need to amend this agreement. The Inter-cry to handling these agents.

    The protesters left the Directorate General of Gécamines with as a base the police station in the province of Haut-Katanga. They chanted songs hostile to the Chairman of the Board (PCA), the Director General and the President of the Inter-Gécamines.

    One of the protesters returned to their main demand:

    “Since the interprofessional agreement prohibits fold benefits already acquired. Then the PCA gave them an ultimatum of 48 hours to cast [our benefits]. What we do not accept. This is among other things: decrease the notice, reduce the pension capital … ”

    For the human resources director of Gecamines, William Ekusthu Ndenge, the old collective agreement of society is outdated and it needs to be adapted to the current realities of the business.

    The side of the Inter-Gécamines, there is a handful of agents that are handled by a union; when discussions for the modification of the collective agreement are taking place between the employer and employee representatives.

    “On 8 January 2016, the employer sent to the unions its proposals on the revision of the collective agreement. But to our surprise, the employer’s letter was poorly annotated, “said, Meshack Mabwisha Kasongo, chair of the Inter-Union.

    The Special Commissioner of Haut-Katanga heard all parties and promised to report to the hierarchy in Kinshasa on this.

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