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African Union Commission Chairperson Condemns Recent Violence in DRC

African Union Commission Chairperson Condemns Recent Violence in DRC

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: By Kasirye Alex The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, strongly condemns the violence following demonstrations organized on 21 January 2018 in Kinshasa, and deplores the reported loss of life. The Chairperson of the AUC encourages the Congolese stakeholders to fully honour the commitments entered into, on the 31st December 2016, in order to consolidate the gains made and deepen democracy in the country. He further stresses the importance of confidence-building measures and respect for fundamental rights and freedoms as guaranteed by the Constitution. Furthermore, he reiterates the call for the proportionate use of force in the maintenance of law and order. The Chairperson calls on all political actors to...
Africa to take concrete action in the DRC

Africa to take concrete action in the DRC

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
PRETORIA, South Africa: The fight between the Congolese government and the political opposition over who is right and wrong continues to drive the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) electoral crisis, now entering its third year. This has been an important aspect of the battle to win the support of international, regional and continental forces – and has contributed to drawing the crisis out. The Congolese population has borne the cost of this dilly-dallying. By late 2017, the United Nations (UN) had elevated the DRC to the status of a category 3 humanitarian emergency. This category includes only three other countries – Yemen, Iraq and Syria – all of them in a state of full-blown war. The DRC has the highest rate of internal displacement globally, at 5 500 people a
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