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December 31, 2016 at 12:54 pm #27219
The tenants of communication houses, Cybercafes and even GSM operators, among whom Orange-Tigo, Vodacom, Airtel and Africel, recorded a huge loss of revenue during the 11 days of blocking the Internet and social networks: Facebook , WhatsApp, Imo, Twiter and Instagram at the beginning of December 19th. It has become practically a habit. The government, through the technical body ARPTC (the Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the Congo), has taken the initiative to cut the Internet and social networks to prevent the population from exchanging Images and videos of the macabre scenes of confrontations that are often seen in spectacle between the forces of the order and the population. The lifting of the ban on the Internet took place on Wednesday 28 December 2016.
Such a measure has produced many adverse economic consequences, especially for Internet service providers, but also other economic operators who use it to exchange financial data with their partners in the context of business through The DRC and abroad.
Judged anti-social and deprived of rights to information, the act was condemned by several non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This Coalition Rights for All, a platform bringing together NGOs, addressed a memo to mobile telephone operators on the Congolese market by comparing access to the Internet with vital human rights, Like the access to drinking water that should not be deprived of anybody.
According to these organizations, “the disruption of access to the Internet has the same negative impact as interrupting the supply of electricity or drinking water to the civilian population, an act condemned in international humanitarian law ”. Despite their call on operators in the telecommunications sector not to endorse this measure of “violation of the right of access to the Internet”, the measure had no effect. Those for whom the call was intended simply gave in to the pressure. The illegality of the injunction was denounced by the same NGO platform. There was a clear desire to disrupt the exchange of information on political protests related to the post-19 December 2016 period.
The population is doubly shaken in its daily life. It is faced with whims of all kinds imposed by the government or the telecom operators themselves. When these mobile operators unilaterally decided to suddenly increase the cost of the Internet, the population was abandoned to its sad fate without anyone being able to plead its case including the government. On the contrary, the latter and the telecom operators were blaming themselves for degeneration.December 31, 2016 at 12:59 pm #27220
Yesterday, Thursday, December 29, Marcel Utembi and his companions began the last chance tour with President Kabila. Before this one-on-one confrontation, they had relied on the persistent divergences with the delegation of the Rally. Has the demon that hides in the details of 5 percent that blocked up to that point been exorcised? The question remains because the bishops have kept the greatest secrecy on this imperious encounter. However, they have sent the curious and others to follow the developments of the plenaries of this Friday 30 December at 10 am and 3 pm, it is reported. The first one will undoubtedly be based on the Agreement and the second could conclude the foundations of the CENCO. Yes, according to Donatien Nshole, the spokesman of this Catholic structure, Accord or not, the National Episcopal Conference of the Congo should end the direct discussions today.
The chimney of the Interdiocesan Center remained virgin during the month of December while nagging discussions were carried out there to find a political compromise on the management of the country after the end of the mandate of President Kabila. Last Saturday, Marcel Utembi declared that there was a 95 per cent consensus and, on the other hand, everything implied that the remaining 5 per cent would be decanted as easily as an Ave Maria could be recited by a seminarian . However, until the day announced as the ratification of the Agreement, namely this Friday, December 30, the certainty of the unilateral signature of this text is not a given. Majority and Opposition reject these days, the responsibility by press and megaphone interposed. They will do the same if there is no Agreement this Friday. Nothing suprising. This is the most common pattern of politics in Congo-Kinshasa. As for the divergences, the last news, the Majority still does not intend to cede on the desired restructuring of the CENI. For the Rally, the post of Prime Minister must come back to him. He still claims the replacement of Samy Badibanga by a coalition member. Other matters of negotiation concern the sharing of posts at the provincial level. According to sources from both camps, the governors of the current provinces should save their heads, but will be forced to deal with the opposition at the provincial government level. There will remain the thorny issue of the destabilization of the political climate put in harm by the condemnation Wednesday of the opponent Franck Diongo. The Head of State is perhaps the only one who can decant the situation on this crucial issue. From where, the bishops visited him to try to save these assizes that they lead with his great blessing. At the end of this exchange, the delegation of the CENCO declared nothing but fixed an appointment to the opinion today at 10 o’clock.June 26, 2017 at 12:35 pm #27349
The meeting on Saturday 24 June, 24 hours after the Kinshasa derby, preceded first by a descent to the stadium of the Martyrs for the report, did not result in sanctions that would weigh on the Fc Renaissance of Congo. On the instruction of Fecofa, who now have eyes on this 22nd edition of the national championship, the result of this match Renaissance-Vclub (1-2) was suspended. At the latest news, Fecofa holds an important meeting on Monday 26 June, after which it will decide on the continuation of this match.
The meeting Renaissance-Vclub, it should be clarified, did not end in fish tail. The match came to a normal end. There was the final whistle, consecrating the victory of Vclub on the mark of 2 goals to 1.
The second goal of Vclub, known as ” wining goal ”, was scored very nicely in the 90th minute by the one who was nicknamed this Friday at the stage ” Ne Muanda Nsemi ”, his real name Taggy Agiti Etekiama . Unhappy with this defeat, as they were preparing to celebrate the draw, Fc Renaissance supporters have gone to another phase, unexpectedly, throwing projectiles on the playground, destroying everything on Their passage, including the camera of the national chain. At the end of the match, they invaded the playground, offering a sad spectacle for Congolese football. It is clear from the descent of the Fecofa, accompanied by the officers of the judicial police at the stadium of the Martyrs that the observation is very bitter after this match. The Fecofa met immediately on the same Saturday to sanction the authors but without success. Decisions are expected on Monday. As a reminder, on May 10, the Linafoot had seriously struck FC Renaissance of the Congo, a decision endorsed by Fecofa. He was placed in charge of the Fc Renaissance, a forfeit in match counting for the 7th day against Dcmp, in accordance with article 80, 31 of the CDF, for intentionally removing the corner flags compulsory to the marking of the ground, and also in accordance with Law 1 and 17 point 8 of the FIFA Regulations. To do this, the Linafoot had summoned Renaissance to pay a correctional almond of 7,500 American dollar. Renaissance was also to repair the damage caused, and in the event of a repeat offense, the team of Bishop Pascal Mukuna was warned to be excluded from the competition and relegated to the Lower Division. It is not known if this is the sanction that awaits Renaissance on Monday.
Sad end of championship for Renaissance
The Fc Renaissance of the Congo is now out of the race. The team of ‘Bana Fibo’ which made dream at the beginning of the championship, will gain nothing this season. Renaissance will not even be able to hope for a third place in the standings, synonymous with a qualification in the next competitions club competitions. Three days from the end of the national championship, 2017 edition, the title race becomes very interesting without the Renaissance of the Congo. As Vclub joined Dcmp in the standings with each 24 points. The details are only played in terms of goal-average. Dcmp a +14, and Vclub +9. Fibo stayed very far, static, with 15 points.June 26, 2017 at 12:36 pm #27350
In the 90th minute of the Mazembe-Bukavu Dawa match played yesterday Sunday (June 25th) at the Mazembe stadium in Lubumbashi, the scorer showed 0 for Mazembe and 0 for Bukavu Dawa. As a result, the referee signaled 7 minutes of additional time to the great satisfaction of the Lushois public, and to the contempt of the players of Bukavu Dawa who thought they had done the necessary. As if that was not enough, in the 94th minute, the referee awards a penalty to Mazembe. Rainford Kalaba takes charge and opens the scoring. In the 97th minute, the same Kalaba returns for the second goal on a pass of Issama Mpeko. What a game ! TP Mazembe struggled hard by scoring in extra time. The match was dominated by the South Kivutians who played the all-out. They deserved everything in this game except the defeat. Fecofa, who no longer jokes about bad arbitration, will certainly take a look at it, to see if there has not been what it calls “intentionally serious technical faults”. Meanwhile, Mazembe now has 27 points for 12 matches. The leader is DC Motema Pembe and AS V. Club.June 26, 2017 at 12:38 pm #27351
For his first outing in the pool phase, TP Mazembe of Kinshasa and his supporters came out of the Muntubile Santos stadium of Delvaux with a victory in pocket. The team dear to President Freddy has tutored ” Solid Base ” on the mark of 5 goals to 4. It was Sunday, 11 June last, at 15:30. It is a match counting for the first day of the pool G. It should be recalled here that this match was played in the so-called national cohesion tournament organized by Papy Tamba, a communicator of the MP and the humble servant of the young people of Ngaliema. According to the organizers, this tournament is in line with the thought shared by the President of the Republic, Joseph Kabila, to see the Congolese youth take conscious of its responsibilities. Hats off to Papy Tamba, on whom the youth of Ngaliema has set his sights.
It is a heroic confrontation between the solid base and Tout Puissant Mazembe at the Muntubile stadium in Delvaux, in the commune of Ngaliema. The fans of two teams attended a meeting rich in goals and emotions. Despite the first day of pool G, Almighty Mazembe showed his power to snatch the three precious points of this match. In just five minutes, the Mazembiens as they are called, scored two goals. The first goal was the work of bib 8. The second was signed by his central defender. With two goals, TP Mazembe completely marched on his opponent, which no one thought to see in this difficult situation. TP Mazembe’s midfielder scored on the 16th minute as the result of a big mistake from the opposing defense. With three goals at zero, Solid Base takes things seriously. We lived the scenario of a Vita-Imana derby. We had to wait a few minutes afterwards to see the visible solid base response. The surface fox of this club throws a shot of nearly 25 meters which finishes its race to the net. This goal gives hope to the latter. The game seems balanced this time. It’s a shame that TP Mazembe’s midfielder is going to use the solid base guardian in an action in which he manhandled the entire defense until he was alone against the goalkeeper. That is the fourth goal. Then the fifth arrived before the break. Upon returning from the locker room, Solid Base changed tactics. This time, the game is played in the wings. That’s how the bib 9 signs the second goal by a good job of the right winger. Two minutes later, Base solid enjoys a penalty kick. The bib 7 takes charge and marks. At the bleachers, a silence of the dead seized the supporters of Mazembe. That’s not all. Hold ! Nine minutes before the end of the match, the home striker scored a double. Solid base completely resumes its minds. Too late because the remaining minutes gave no chance to this club to equalize. A 5-4, TP Mazembe comes out with three points in his pocket before continuing the adventure. In the same pool, Bana Ngaliema enjoys three points without playing. Because the Veterans’ Club did not show up at the stadium, let alone the field. That was the end of Pool G. Next weekend, four games will be played in Saturday and Sunday in pools A and E. It will also be the start of the second day in Pool A.June 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm #27354
Alexis Thambwe Mwamba, Minister of State, Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals, has been the victim of the unfounded rumors which have defied the chronicle of his so-called interpellation in Belgium. He has returned to Kinshasa by regular Air France flight since yesterday Sunday 25 June 2017. Let’s say that this return came after a few days mission to Geneva, Switzerland where he had sensitized Congolese diplomats for a support of the position of the DRC against the imposition of an international investigation on the Violence perpetrated in the Kasai space by a militia claiming to fire the customary chief Kamwina Nsapu. On this occasion, the minister, who also mobilized diplomats from countries that are friends of the DRC, notably those of Africa, said that Congolese justice is working on this issue and that it was not appropriate To initiate a second investigation.
It should be noted that some malicious commentators have allowed themselves to announce the embalming in Brussels, while he was making a stopover in that city, on his way to an official mission to Geneva where he was expected. This was to, among other things, deliver a message and the official position of the Government to the UN Human Rights Council. This message related to the serious events that have plunged the DRC in general and two of the five new provinces from the great Kasai in particular and which are also the subject of the publication of a White Paper.
In the Human Rights Council, two competitive texts, one of the European Union supported by Belgium and the USA, which wanted to put Kinshasa under international investigation for the troubles in the Kasaï and another of the African group carried by The DRC, which wanted international experts to collaborate with the Congolese justice, clashed. Of the 47 members of this body, there was no unanimity for four days in this fierce diplomatic struggle between Africans and Europeans in Geneva. The epilogue took place on the morning of Thursday 22 June, after long negotiations until the early hours, the European Union pushed by Belgium threw in the towel by a unilateral withdrawal of its text following the blockade of the group African people behind the DRC. Kinshasa argued its reason for the conspiracy of interference by certain colonial powers in its internal affairs and demonstrated its good faith in accepting United Nations cooperation in investigations.June 30, 2017 at 2:52 pm #27409
The problem of the organization of elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, this continent, creates more a gap between the new enlarged Majority and the radical wing of the Opposition. What are the stumbling blocks that will not allow the millions of Congolese to go to the polls by the end of December 2017 as one of two camps in the antipodes? Indeed, the presidential mobility and its allies support the thesis that objectively, it is no longer possible to hold ballots at this deadline set by the New Year’s Eve. Several reasons are put forward by this political camp to business.
First, there is insecurity in the Greater Kasai where the Kamuina Nsapu nebula prevents the deployment of personnel as well as material from the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) for the enrollment of voters, Like other parts of Congolese territory. Moreover, a new rebellion has just been declared in North Kivu, according to a declaration of the Governor of that province. This insecurity can serve as an apology for separatism and discrimination.
The Enlarged Majority also highlights the absence of essential laws, the electoral law and the law on the distribution of seats, which delay the electoral process. It also draws the public’s attention to a gap in terms of institutional architecture. In other words, the delay in setting up the National Council for Monitoring the Agreement and the electoral process (CNSA) and especially in the drafting of the organic law establishing and operating this new institution following the political negotiations of the Center interdiocesan.
Other pitfalls such as the paralysis of the small territorial, the absence of timetable and electoral register, the sequence of the ballots, also contribute to the blocking of the machine.
On the other hand, the radicalized wing of the Opposition embodied by the so-called Limete Rally requires the immediate implementation of the December 31 agreement which provides for the presidential election coupled with the national and provincial legislative elections before the end of the year In progress. These opponents also call for elections under the aegis of the United Nations. They threaten to beat a macadam towards the end of July if the enrollment of the voters does not end within this deadline. It is practically an insurrectional scheme which, curiously, has the support of an important fringe of the international community, especially the Western powers. On another note, this wing of the Rally pounded on the lapse of the Agreement of the New Year’s Eve after December 31, 2017.
As a result, the electoral process’s mortgage as well as brawls are on the horizon. Who will benefit from a new blood shed in the DRC? Wait and see. Peace at all costs!July 17, 2017 at 2:26 pm #27496
The date of 5 June of each year is dedicated to the International Environment Day. This celebration is about promoting global awareness, in order to protect the planet and its natural resources. “Bringing people closer to nature”, is the theme chosen for 2017. With a view to inviting the whole of humanity to reflect on how man, who is part of nature and who depends on it, must to behave.
It is with this in mind that the 4th edition of the FESTIVERT (Green Festival) took place from 5 to 13 May 2017 in Boma, in the province of Kongo Central, to raise awareness of the values of Nature and growing environmental problems.
The erosion and spread of desertification, the proliferation of greenhouse gases and climate change, the decline in the biological resources of animals and plants, the widespread pollution of soils and groundwater, the risks of reducing the layer Of ozone are, among others, the questions developed and supported with sufficiently evocative examples.
“Their consequences immediately threaten our future and that of future generations. So, it is important that the population is aware of this information, that it is sensitized on environmental issues, “said the Director of FESTIVERT and coordinator of CAREC (Cartel of Artists Civic Educators).
For Lele Michoux Bossay, environmental education should help to foster the development of citizens’ awareness in the course of school life events.
Theater, dance and poetry are the different artistic disciplines used by FESTIVERT as an approach, like workshops and other meetings to raise awareness about natural systems and the protection of the ecosystem.
This approach allowed participants to clearly identify the themes developed. A question-answer game was also organized to assess the level of understanding of young people. The aim is to make pupils of eco-citizens, in order to induce them to change their behavior in favor of the environment.
Pupils trained as amateur actors have presented shows on themes evoking innumerable ways that favor the preservation of nature.
On stage, the artists invited the public to play with them on the theme developed (participatory theater) in order to educate young people on the values of nature.
It should be noted that the organization of this 4th edition was made possible thanks to the support of COFED and received material and pedagogical support from WWF.
Beyond live arts shows, the Festival has distributed tools and other awareness-raising materials, including printed and other comics, with the support of COFED.
Launched in 2014, FESTIVERT, which is a civic and ecological education program, raises awareness among students about the environment, including sanitation, deforestation, wildlife management, water management …
The applied methodology (participatory student theater for pupils, drawing contest around environmental themes, singing) enabled students to easily understand certain notions on nature conservation. The environment is today one of the most powerful vectors for the penetration of science into culture.
The ideal remains to develop new didactic approaches that could have an impact on the knowledge and behaviors of students through this Festival.
After this successful edition, said its Director of FESTIVERT, a training course for some teachers on deforestation will be organized in October and December. This will once again be a school meeting in the context of raising awareness among students andJuly 17, 2017 at 2:29 pm #27497
Yesterday morning, Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at the Salon Congo of Pullman Grand Hotel opened the work of the 3rd edition of the National Forum of Ministers and Heads of Provincial Divisions in charge of gender. Minister of State for Relations with Parliament, Jean-Pierre Lisanga Bonganga, opened the meeting in the name of Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala Nzenzhe. Patroness of the ceremony, the Minister of Gender, Child and Family, Chantal Safou Lopusa, in her speech, expressed her wish to see these foundations yielded realistic and feasible recommendations. Also, the Patroness of Gender, Child and Family has welcomed the financial support of UNDP and UN-Women, which has enabled the implementation of many programs and projects aimed at the advancement of women and Kinshasa and all other provinces of the country. On the strength of this aspect, Chantal Safou Lopusa supports the hypothesis that the coordination and monitoring of the implementation of these programs and projects requires the establishment of a coordinated institutional mechanism for the advancement of women and Equality of the sexes.
It is, moreover, according to his words, the meaning which must be given to the present assizes which will allow the provincial ministers and heads of divisions who have the kind in their attributions to think for three days. Without hesitation, the Minister of Gender, Child and Family took the opportunity to thank and congratulate all those who work hard to promote the rights of women in general and to hold these meetings in particular. “I am thinking here of the officials and agents of my department who gave everything so that we could meet today.
My heartfelt wish is that this forum of all actors of this kind will become a framework for reflection, evaluation, guidance and strategic planning in order to coordinate our various actions for a 50/50 world, 2030. I also invite all ministers and heads of provincial gender divisions to reflect on the mechanisms to ensure greater technical and financial involvement of the Central Government and the provincial governments in This Forum, “she said in her address. Shortly before closing her remarks, she expressed a strong desire to see the present assizes bringing the two parties together to strengthen the ties, through hard work during these three days, to favor only the interest of the Woman, and the well-being of the entire Congolese nation, because together, she insists, we will achieve great achievements. Open this Wednesday 12th July at the Salon Congo of the Pullman Grand Hotel Kinshasa, these meetings will close, except last minute change, this Friday, July 14, 2017 in the afternoon. Below, the entire speech of the Minister of Gender, Child and Family!
WORD OF OPENING OF HIS EXCELLENCY THE MINISTER OF GENDER, CHILD AND FAMILY AT THE 3rd EDITION OF THE NATIONAL FORUM OF MINISTERS AND HEADS OF PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT DIVISIONS
Your Excellency the Minister of State, Personal Representative of the Prime Minister, Head of Government;
Your Excellency the Minister of Social Affairs and dear Colleague;
Excellency, Ambassadors and Heads of Diplomatic Missions;
Distinguished Representatives of United Nations Agencies and other partners;
Provincial Ministers responsible for gender;
Madam Secretary General for Gender, Child and Family;
Distinguished Heads of Provincial Gender Divisions;
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Ministry of Gender, Child and Family;
Ladies and gentlemen, Distinguished guests.
It is an honor for me to take the floor today on the occasion of the third edition of the Forum of Ministers and Heads of the Provincial Divisions in charge of gender in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
First of all, allow me to pay a well-deserved tribute to His Excellency Joseph Kabila Kabange, President of the Republic, for the efforts to restore peace and security throughout the National Territory And the continuing focus on all issues related to women, including political participation, empowerment, and gender equality.
I also pay tribute to His Excellency Mr. Bruno Tshibala Nzenzhe, Prime Minister and Head of Government, for his personal involvement in the work of this 3rd edition of the Gender Forum.
Ladies and gentlemen ;
I would like to conclude my remarks by expressing a strong wish that the present meeting should lead us all to strengthen our ties, through hard work during these three days, to favor only the interest of women and the well-being Of the entire Congolese nation, because together we will achieve great achievements
May the Lord our God enlighten us in his light for a great success at our foundations and assure us of his innumerable blessings
Ladies and gentlemen,
Done at Kinshasa on 12 July 2017
Chantal SAFOU LOPUSAJuly 17, 2017 at 2:37 pm #27498
CONGOLESE LEAGUE FOR PEACE, HUMAN RIGHTS AND ELECTIONS
In Congo-Kinshasa, declarations are raining in every direction on the sine die returns of the elections as Corneille Nangaa had said, loud and clear, on July 7, 2017, on the antennas of TV5 WORLD. The Congolese League for Peace, Human Rights and Elections (LICOPADEL) strongly opposed yesterday, Tuesday 11 July 2017, in a statement read by Mr Patrick Pindu, Considers illegal. It judges it, without ambiguity, of arbitrariness. For this reference is not based on any evaluation report or on a field study made public. Patrick Pindu, a leading lawyer at the Court of Appeal and a fervent defender of human rights, stresses that this action constitutes a serious violation of the right to vote, which is a fundamental prerogative guaranteed to all Congolese by the ” Article 5 of the Constitution of the country and Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Indeed, it calls for vigilance on the part of the Congolese population following the maneuvers of the CENI and the Congolese political players, of all confused tendencies who are in the same games. Having marched on democracy and good governance, Corneille Nangaa and his office are called to resign because of their inability to organize the elections within the deadline stipulated in the Agreement of 31 December 2016.
In addition, LICOPADEL is asking the Head of State, Joseph Kabila, to report to the Congolese people in the face of the crisis that is set to appear in the days to come. It denounces and condemns the participation of the president of the CENI in violation of the right of the Congolese to vote leaders of their choice on December 31, 2017. On this occasion, LICODEPAL officially launched its first issue of its quarterly newspaper “TRANSPARENCY” . The latter is a channel through which notions of democracy, good governance and civil rights will be disseminated free of charge.
Read, below, the entire LICOAPDEL statement.
CONGOLESE LEAGUE FOR PEACE, HUMAN RIGHTS AND ELECTIONS
Congolese League for Peace, Human Rights and Elections
LICOPADEL / ONGDH-ASBL
Office of the Secretariat and the National Executive Committee
DECLARATION OF LICOPADEL ON THE DECLARATION OF THE ELECTIONS ANNOUNCED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE CENI
LICOPADEL DENOUNCES AND CONDEMNS CENI PRESIDENT’S PARTICIPATION IN THE VIOLATION OF THE RIGHT OF THE CONGOLES TO VOTE THE DIRECTORS OF THEIR CHOICES TO 31 DECEMBER 2017
The President of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), Mr. Corneille Nangaa Yobeluo, has just announced, for the umpteenth time, the “impossibility” of organizing presidential, legislative and local elections in the Republic of Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The referral sine die of the holding of elections is considered illegal and arbitrary by the Congolese League for Peace, Human Rights and Elections, LICOPADEL because it is not based on any evaluation report or a study Made public.
This action constitutes a serious violation of the right to vote, which is a fundamental prerogative guaranteed to all Congolese by Article 5 of the Constitution of the country and Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
Indeed, the said elections should be held since November 2016, within the constitutional deadlines and terms. In exceptional cases, they were referred on a date to be fixed by the CENI before December 2017 in accordance with the Comprehensive and Inclusive Political Agreement of the Interdiocesan Center of Kinshasa of December 31, 2016.
As President of a public institution in support of Democracy, any decision by Nangaa to change the period during which the elections should be held should be written, motivated and taken in accordance with the relevant procedures. For not having done so, Nangaa engages her personal personality.
Faced with the lack of documented justification for the comments made by the President of the CENI, the members of the National Executive Committee and the National Executive Secretariat of the Congolese League for Peace, Human Rights and Elections, in LICOPADEL believe that NGOs And all civil society supported by the entire Congolese population should challenge the way they defend human rights.
They must, on the one hand, re-educate the primary sovereign by explaining to him why he must regain his right to vote systematically violated. On the other hand, they must attract Mr. Nangaa before the judicial or republican authorities, for violation of human rights, in this case the right of the Congolese people to appoint representatives of their choice.
Indeed, voting is a fundamental right granted to all Congolese to give a mandate, legally and regularly, to one or more leaders to manage the public affairs, with the obligation to report to him.
It makes possible the questioning on the management of peace, security and well-being of all. It makes it possible to sanction the leaders of the three traditional powers separately and to require them to respect the Constitution.
Moreover, respect for the right to vote is the guarantee of good political, economic and social governance. It concurs in the construction of a just and dignified society to which all humanity aspires.
On the other hand, abuse of the right to vote affects the exercise and enjoyment of all other rights. It motivates the repression of the rights and freedoms of expression of political opinion, thought or conscience. It underlies violations of the rights to economic well-being, decent work and adequate wages, formal education, health and basic infrastructure. It also facilitates abuses against women, children and vulnerable people.
In short, the members of the National Executive Committee and the National Executive Secretariat of the Congolese League for Peace, Human Rights and Elections, in the LICOPADEL sense, believe that Mr. Corneille Nangaa Yobeluo should know that his action to send sine die Arbitrarily, constitutes a violation of the right to vote of the Congolese people.
It deprives the primary sovereign of his prerogative to designate the leaders of his choice. It destroys the mechanism of citizen control of good political, economic and social governance. Consequently, it engages its personal responsibility.
Freedom, respect for human rights and the principle of honest and periodic election by universal suffrage are values that are essential elements of democracy. In turn, democracy becomes a natural environment for the protection and effective realization of human rights. These values are embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and further development in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which embodies a range of political rights and civil liberties that are the pillars of true democracy.
In conclusion, LICOPADEL is opposed to the postponement of the elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and calls on the Congolese population to remain vigilant following the maneuvers of the CENI and the Congolese political actors of all tendencies in the same games .
In addition, LICOPADEL asks the president of the CENI and all his office to resign if they are unable to organize the presidential, national and provincial elections they promised the Congolese people first in December 2016 and then In December 2017.
Done at Kinshasa on 11 July 2017
For the LICOPADEL
The Executive Director
Mr. PINDU-di-LUSANGA Patrick
Lawyer at the Court of Appeal and International Defender of Marginalized Groups
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