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Small-Scale Cross-Border Traders Call on DRC to Enforce Better Tax Regime

[New Times] Small-scale traders along the Rubavu-Goma border have raised concerns over what they perceive as an 'illegal tax' levied on them by DR Congo officials. (AllAfrica)

Mobutu's Aides Want Ex-leader's Name Restored, Remains Returned

[VOA] Twenty years after he passed away, there is nothing in the capital of the former Zaire to remind visitors of Mobutu Sese Seko, the man famous for building big statues, bringing Muhammad Ali to Kinshasa, and ruling the country with an iron fist for 32 years. (AllAfrica)

Burundi Refugees Stranded in Raging Congolese Combat

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -INCESSANT clashes between armed groups and government forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have delayed the opening of a refugee camp to accommodate refugees fleeing equally-troubled Burundi. The conflict has displaced thousands of Congolese. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said while a negative impact on the conduct of humanitarian activities was feared, a direct consequence of these clashes was the delay in opening the new Mulongwe refugee camp. (AllAfrica)

ICC Prosecutor, Victims Continue to Oppose Lubanga's Early Release

[Lubanga Trial Website] The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has opposed a possible early release for Thomas Lubanga, the first person convicted by the court, who is currently serving a 14-year prison sentence. Similarly, the victims of Lubanga's crimes have asked judges not to shorten his jail term. (AllAfrica)

Boys and Girls Enter Teens With Gender Stereotypes Firmly Set

[The Conversation Africa] A team of international experts have just published the most comprehensive analysis to date of how children on the cusp of adolescence perceive growing up as a boy or girl. The Global Adolescent Study involved a series of interviews conducted over the last four years with hundreds of early adolescents and their parents in 15 countries. These included Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and South Africa. We asked lead researcher Kristin Mmari to explain the signific (AllAfrica)

Rwanda Ex-Combatants Abandon DRC Rebel Warfare

[CAJ News] Kigali -SOME 13 Rwandan ex-combatants have been repatriated to their country from the Democratic Republic of Congo where they had been involved with armed groups. They have denounced their membership of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (DFLR), the primary remnant Rwandan Hutu rebel group in the east of the DRC. The 5 000-member group, which is among countless rebel sects in DRC, has been waging war since its formation in the year 2000. Alongside 39 of their dependents, among the 13 ex-combatants (AllAfrica)

Huge Surge in Refugees Fleeing to Zambia - UN

[VOA] The United Nations refugee agency reports a huge surge in the number of refugees fleeing to Zambia to escape growing violence in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. (AllAfrica)

Rebels Stall Launch of Car Criminal Court

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -THE reign of terror by armed groups and insufficient funding are hampering the establishment of a special criminal court to probe crimes against humanity in the Central African Republic. Rights groups bemoaned the hybrid tribunal was facing challenges conducting investigations and pursuing arrests in a country plagued by violence and instability, and where large parts of the territory are still controlled by the armed groups. Christian militants and Muslim radicals have made the country ungovernable. Legal (AllAfrica)

Radio Okapi Reopens Its Broadcasting Station in Kananga

[Monusco] Kananga -Radio Okapi has resumed broadcasting locally in the Kasaï-Central province from Monday through Friday; the populations of the Kasaï-Central province can now listen to local news and programs in Tshiluba and French on the 93.0 Modular Frequency. (AllAfrica)

Resurgent Militancy Displaces Millions in DRC

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -RENEWED inter-communal conflicts, clashes between armed groups and abuses committed by rebel sects have displaced more than 2 000 families in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The skirmishes that have uprooted 2 205 families in the Masisi territory in the North Kivu Province have been characterised by the burning of houses and looting of livestock and crops. Education has come to a standstill. Mercy Corps, the humanitarian agency, said some children who attended primary and secondary school but who (AllAfrica)

UN Deploys Peacekeepers After Clash

[VOA] U.N. peacekeepers have deployed to a city in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after clashes between armed groups and the Congolese army. (AllAfrica)

Military Plane Crash in Congo Kills Dozens

[Deutsche Welle] There were no survivors among the all-Russian crew that was transporting vehicles, weapons and military personnel. Initial reports suggest the plane suffered a faulty take-off. (AllAfrica)

DRC Cholera Death Toll Surges to 500

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -A raging cholera outbreak has claimed left over 500 people dead in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The epidemic, which has infected more than 24 000 people since an outbreak erupted in the North Kivu province in June, is projected to claim more lives with the rains imminent. The water borne disease has so far spread to 20 of the Central African country's 26 provinces, reaching epidemic proportions in 11. Cholera is endemic in six provinces but the drought of recent months and the high mobility of the pop (AllAfrica)

Wildlife Charities Fund Abuses of Pygmies in Congo Basin - Report

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -Abuses by forests "eco guards" are increasingly drawing scrutiny (AllAfrica)

Perpetrators of Crimes Escape Justice

[VOA] In a scathing report to the U.N. Human Rights Council, a senior U.N. official accuses the Democratic Republic of Congo of turning a blind eye to systematic and gross violations of human rights committed by its security forces. (AllAfrica)

UN Rights Body Should Continue Scrutiny of Rights Violations

[HRW] The human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo remains dire as the country's political crisis deepens. President Joseph Kabila has used repression, violence, and corruption to delay elections and maintain his hold on power, despite the end of his constitutionally mandated two-term limit on December 19, 2016. A power-sharing agreement mediated by the Catholic Church late last year called for elections to be held by the end of 2017, but elections are nowhere in sight. (AllAfrica)

Schoolgirl Caught in Lethal Crossfire

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -AN eight-year-old schoolgirl is among an unspecified number of civilians killed after the trigger-happy Congolese military opened fire on protesters. The young student was hit by a stray bullet while on her way to school amid anti-government protests in the Panzi neighborhood of Bukavu in the South Kivu province. According to the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), there have been additional casualties. The UN Joint Human Rights Office was at the time of publishing still i (AllAfrica)

De Croo Discusses Situation in the Country With Bishops

[PR Newswire] Brussels -Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo received today representatives of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), among whom Mgr. Marcel Utembi, Archbishop of Kisangani and President of the CENCO. (AllAfrica)

Monusco Deploys Troops to Protect Civilian in Uvira

[Monusco] KINSHASA, Sep. 28, 2017 - In response to clashes between presumed armed groups and the Congolese national army (FARDC) in the area of Uvira (South Kivu province), the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) yesterday rapidly deployed troops in order to deter any attack to the city and to avoid the escalation of the conflict. MONUSCO Deputy Force Commander is on the site in order to oversee the situation. (AllAfrica)

Inauguration 2017 - Presidents of South Africa, DRC and Rwanda Return Home

[ANGOP] Luanda -The presidents of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, and of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, returned to their countries on Tuesday night after participating in the inauguration ceremony of the President, João Lourenço, held at the Square of the Republic in Luanda. (AllAfrica)

Activists Demand Freedom for Jailed Kabila Critics

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -RIGHTS groups are demanding the release of human rights and pro-democracy activists arrested for opposing President Joseph Kabila's continued stay in power in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Nine activists were arrested in Mbuji-Mayi in the troubled Kasai region and the second capital Lubumbashi in July. The nine activists are among hundreds arrested since 2015 as part of the government's widespread crackdown on people who have opposed Kabila's effort to remain in power beyond his constitutionally mandat (AllAfrica)

Inauguration2017 - DR Congo's Joseph Kabila in Luanda

[ANGOP] Luanda -The president of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila, arrived in Luanda on Tuesday to attend the inauguration ceremony of the President-elect João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço. (AllAfrica)

Malawi Army Confirms Its Soldier 'Shoots Self' to Death in DRC Peacekeeping Mission

[Nyasa Times] A Malawi Defence Force (MDF) has identified its soldier who apparently committed suicide whilst deployed in a peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as Moses Ngwira from Chirumba Garrison in Karonga. (AllAfrica)

Free Rights Activists

[HRW] Kinshasa -Democratic Republic of Congo authorities should immediately and unconditionally release nine Congolese human rights and pro-democracy activists wrongfully detained for their participation in peaceful activities, 45 Congolese and international human rights organizations said today. Four activists were arrested on July 14 and 15, 2017 in Mbuji-Mayi and five others on July 31 in Lubumbashi. (AllAfrica)

Kabila Paints Violence in Kasai as War on Terror

[VOA] The Democratic Republic of the Congo's president told the U.N. General Assembly annual gathering Saturday that his military was fighting terrorists in the center and east of the country. (AllAfrica)

UN Demands Probe Into Peacekeeper's Killing in DRC

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -THE Security Council, a principal organ of the United Nations, has called on the Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate the killing of peacekeepers in the country. A UN peacekeeper from Tanzania was killed and another injured on Sunday. The 15-member Security Council called on the DRC government to bring the perpetrators to justice. The council underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers might constitute war crimes under international law. It also expressed its deepest condolences and sympathy to t (AllAfrica)

Thousands Flee Congo Warfare to Zambia

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -SEVERE fighting between rival ethnic groups and the Democratic Republic of Congo Army (FARDC) has displaced thousands of civilians southeast of the country. More than 5 000 of these have fled the border to Zambia. The inter-communal skirmishes feature the Luba villagers and Twa hunter-gatherers who have a decades-long history of tensions. The latest violence in the city of Pweto, aggravated by the intervention of the army, has left a policeman killed and two others wounded. Government offices at this borer (AllAfrica)

Prosecution Links Ex-FAR Officer Exiled in France to Armed Group in DR Congo

[New Times] In the ongoing pre-detention hearing involving nine suspects linked to an irregular armed group, prosecution said Thursday they are investigating a certain Major Faustin Ntilikina, an ex-FAR exiled in France. (AllAfrica)

Rhythm of Capoeira Helps Rape Survivors Find New Start

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Goma -"I don't remember anything from what happened later in that day. I was raped, I got pregnant and now here is my baby" (AllAfrica)

Trump to Send UN Envoy to Juba, Kinshasa

[VOA] U.S. President Donald Trump has told African leaders he will send his U.N. envoy Nikki Haley to South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. (AllAfrica)

Hundreds of Kids Killed, Jailed in DRC Upheaval

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -AT least 100 children have been killed and 400 others arrested in the ongoing anarchy in the Democratic republic of Congo. More than 1 000 cases of children, often younger than 15, are used as combatants or human shields after recruitment as soldiers in the conflict ravaging the Kasai Province. The living conditions of detained children are precarious, with reports of torture rife in the cells. According to the United Nations Children's Fund, between 40 percent and 60 percent of the militia members involve (AllAfrica)