Dozens killed in attacks amid political unrest in DR Congo

Dozens killed in attacks amid political unrest in DR Congo

Militias in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed at least 34 civilians over the weekend, the army and local activists said, and the violence stoked concerns over political instability. Attacks have surged across the country in the past week alongside violent protests over President Joseph Kabila’s failure to step down at the end of his […]

Tensions rise in DR Congo as President’s final term expires without elections

Tensions rise in DR Congo as President’s final term expires without elections

Congolese President Joseph Kabila’s final term in office expires on Monday, with no election to choose a successor and amid a surge in popular anger over what opponents say is an attempt to cling to power in defiance of the constitution. The election has been postponed until at least April 2018 on the grounds of […]

DR Congo political crisis deepens as presidential vote postponed

DR Congo political crisis deepens as presidential vote postponed

A ruling by the Democratic Republic of Congo’s top court approving an electoral commission request to postpone the country’s presidential election by 18 months has compounded fears President Joseph Kabila may try to extend his rule for a third term. The constitutional court ruled in favour of the electoral commission on Monday, which filed a […]

Scores killed in DR Congo election protests

Scores killed in DR Congo election protests

More than 44 people were killed in Congo in two days of street clashes between security forces and protesters against a delayed presidential election, a Human Rights Watch researcher said Tuesday, and several opposition party buildings were burned. Thousands took to the streets of Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, on Monday to oppose an election delay which […]

Getting away with murder in DR Congo

Getting away with murder in DR Congo

For more than a year and a half, a series of massacres – which have never been claimed – have been committed in the Beni region in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 700 people have died in attacks on civilians in the region neighbouring Uganda, according to the United Nations. […]