Thousands Threatened By National Park Oil Plans – Activists

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -The parks are among the world’s largest tropical rainforest reserves, covering an area about the size of Switzerland

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -The parks are among the world's largest tropical rainforest reserves, covering an area about the size of Switzerland

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa

Brutal Killings Emerge From Congolese Ethnic Conflict

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -ARMED groups are accused of barbaric violence, including attacks with guns, arrows and machetes on civilians, during ethnic clashes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -ARMED groups are accused of barbaric violence, including attacks with guns, arrows and machetes on civilians, during ethnic clashes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa

Rights Abusers Rewarded With Army Promotions

[HRW] The Democratic Republic of Congo’s president and commander in chief, Joseph Kabila, has promoted two generals long linked to serious human rights abuses. The new appointments, announced on the weekend, heighten concerns of more repression and abu…

[HRW] The Democratic Republic of Congo's president and commander in chief, Joseph Kabila, has promoted two generals long linked to serious human rights abuses. The new appointments, announced on the weekend, heighten concerns of more repression and abuse in the weeks ahead, as Kabila ponders his plans ahead of elections scheduled for December 23.

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa

In DR Congo, Speak Out and Get Arrested

[HRW] Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo arrested seven activists on Wednesday in the eastern city of Goma after a sit-in in front of MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo. The activists read out a memorandum demanding the release …

[HRW] Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo arrested seven activists on Wednesday in the eastern city of Goma after a sit-in in front of MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo. The activists read out a memorandum demanding the release of their fellow activists in the capital, Kinshasa, sang protest songs, and displayed banners with messages such as "Release Our Friends" and "Activism is Not a Crime."

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa

Kabila Snubs Senior Diplomats

[HRW] The Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Joseph Kabila abruptly cancelled a meeting planned for this week with the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the African Union Chair Moussa Faki. Kabila sent a message this weekend that he was “no longer available” for the meeting – just before the top diplomats were due to travel to Congo’s capital, Kinshasa.

[HRW] The Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila abruptly cancelled a meeting planned for this week with the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the African Union Chair Moussa Faki. Kabila sent a message this weekend that he was "no longer available" for the meeting - just before the top diplomats were due to travel to Congo's capital, Kinshasa.

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa

‘Whoever They Met, They Would Cut and Kill’ – Displaced Congolese Recount Rebel Atrocities

[IRIN] Two years of tit-for-tat attacks in Rutshuru have left villages burnt, civilians killed, and communities divided along ethnic lines

[IRIN] Two years of tit-for-tat attacks in Rutshuru have left villages burnt, civilians killed, and communities divided along ethnic lines

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DRC Prioritises Oil Over Conservation

[ISS] The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has decided to degazette parts of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites to allow for oil drilling. Environmentalists have reacted sharply to the decision to open up Virunga and Salonga national parks – a move …

[ISS] The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has decided to degazette parts of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites to allow for oil drilling. Environmentalists have reacted sharply to the decision to open up Virunga and Salonga national parks - a move that is likely to jeopardise a regional treaty on the protection of Africa's most biodiverse wildlife habitat and the endangered mountain gorilla.

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa

Villages ‘Reduced to Ash’ Amid ‘Barbaric Violence’

[UN News] Humanitarian needs are enormous in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has reported accounts of “barbaric violence”.

[UN News] Humanitarian needs are enormous in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has reported accounts of "barbaric violence".

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa

Why Congo’s Decision to Open National Parks to Drilling Isn’t Really About Oil

[African Arguments] The DRC says it will allow oil drilling in two UNESCO world heritage sites. Here are three points to help us understand this move.

[African Arguments] The DRC says it will allow oil drilling in two UNESCO world heritage sites. Here are three points to help us understand this move.

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa

Mothers of Congo’s Lost Children Break Silence

[Africa Renewal] Augustine hasn’t seen her six-year-old daughter in over a year. She has steeled herself for the worst. “There is no hope,” she says. “I will never see my daughter again.”

[Africa Renewal] Augustine hasn't seen her six-year-old daughter in over a year. She has steeled herself for the worst. "There is no hope," she says. "I will never see my daughter again."

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa