DRC – 18 March 2016

DR Congo: Free Youth Activists

Congolese authorities should immediately and unconditionally release two activists who were arrested one year ago during a pro-democracy youth workshop in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala face trumped-up charges in an apparently politically motivated drive to silence dissent. On March 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of Justice is expected to issue a decision on whether to grant the two provisional release.

The arrest of the two activists was part of a growing government crackdown on those speaking out against efforts to extend President Joseph Kabila’s stay in power beyond the end of his constitutionally mandated two-term limit, which ends on December 19.

Human Rights Watch


United Nations ready to sanction the M 23 Movement

The United Nations Security Council has stated that it’s intended putting sanctions on the leaders of the M 23 rebel Movement in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Rwanda has been accused by the UN expert group of funding the group in the Central African Bloc to destabilize the Democratic Republic of Congo but Rwanda vehemently denied the report and threatened to sue the world body for lack of evidence to substantiate the claim.

National Turk