Republic of Congo


    New Hope for Families of Congolese Disappeared in Paris Case
    13.06.16
    Vony Rambolamanana

    On June 3, the Paris Appeals Court handed down a new decision in the case of those who “disappeared on the beach” in the Republic of Congo. It gives new hope to families of the 353 victims who have been waiting since 1999 for justice. This case revolves particularly around a Congolese General, Norbert Dabira, who is being prosecuted in France under an exemplary, although painfully slow, application of universal jurisdiction. The 353 disappeared people were held and transferred to camps in the river port – known as the Beach − in 1999. They were among 1,500 Congolese who fled to the...

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    Rwanda's 100-day bloodbath, a modern genocide
    08.05.16
    AFP

    At least 800,000 people were slaughtered in a 100-day orgy of violence instigated by the extremist Hutu regime in power in Rwanda in 1994. The bloodbath was unleashed after Rwanda's President Juvenal Habyarimana was killed when his plane was shot down over Kigali on April 6, 1994. He was returning from talks in Tanzania with Tutsi rebels of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) commanded by Paul Kagame, now president of the small central African nation. President Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi was also killed in the crash. In the hours that followed, soldiers killed Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana, 10 Belgian paratroopers guarding her and other top officials in a coalition...

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    Congo-Brazzaville: NGOs call for International Mediation in Post-Election Crisis
    19.04.16
    Habibou Bangré, correspondent in Kinshasa

    As France called Tuesday for light to be shed on the Republic of Congo situation, the Congolese section of “Tournons la page” (Turn the Page), which has been working since 2014 for democracy in Africa, is calling for internationally mediated dialogue to resolve a crisis following  March 20, 2016 presidential élections. The polls were won by  Denis Sassou Nguesso, who  ruled the country from 1979 to 1992, returned to power in 1997 after a civil war, then was elected in 2002 and 2009. The Constitution banned him from running again because of term limits and his age (72), but this changed after...

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    Doubts plague Congo’s latest demobilisation programme

    A major new attempt to return thousands of rebel fighters to civilian life in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been beset by delays and is still threatened by funding constraints and continuing insecurity, according to analysts, who also point to broader governance problems. Congo has yet to recover from major civil wars that claimed millions of lives between 1996 and 2008. Dozens of armed groups remain active in the east of the country. Almost 5,000 former combatants – out of a targeted 12,000 – are enrolled in a third programme of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration, or...

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