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Enquête au Kasaï : la RDC « accepte la collaboration » de l’ONU mais veut garder la direction

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Le gouvernement de la RDC reste ouvert et accepte la collaboration de l’ONU pour une enquête internationale sur les violences au Kasaï, a affirmé mardi 6 juin la ministre des Droits humains, Marie-Ange Mushobekwa. Elle réagissait ainsi à la menace des Nations unies qui attendent d’ici deux jours des engagements de Continue reading Enquête au Kasaï : la RDC « accepte la collaboration » de l’ONU mais veut garder la direction

Kasaï : 15 miliciens Kamwina Nsapu tués lors d’une attaque de l’armée

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Quinze miliciens Kamwina Nsapu sont morts tôt le matin de ce mardi 16 mai 2017 dans les affrontements avec l’Armée congolaise (FARDC) à la Kalombayi, localité située à 75 kilomètres de la cité de Mweka (Kasaï), a appris ACTUALITE.CD de sources Continue reading Kasaï : 15 miliciens Kamwina Nsapu tués lors d’une attaque de l’armée

THOUSANDS FLEE CONGO CONFLICT, SWELLING VILLAGES OVER BORDER IN ANGOLA

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LUANDA – Thousands of people have fled fighting in Democratic Republic of Congo over the past month and sought refuge in neighbouring Angola, a provincial governor said, an exodus that is straining resources in villages along the border. Continue reading THOUSANDS FLEE CONGO CONFLICT, SWELLING VILLAGES OVER BORDER IN ANGOLA

US warns against travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo after UN investigators murdered

The United States has issued a travel warning against visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo, after the bodies of two missing UN researchers and their translator were found lying in a shallow grave.

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American Michael Sharp and sweedish Zaida Catalan, were found in a shallow grave in the DRC on Monday

Michael Sharp, a 34-year-old from Kansas, and Zaida Catalan, 36, from Sweden, went missing on March 12, having set out to investigate mass graves in the Kasai province.

On Monday their bodies were found in a shallow grave, along with that of Bete Tshintela.

On Wednesday the state department updated its previous advice, and now recommends that all US citizens avoid unnecessary travel to the DRC.

Authorities in the country have vowed to investigate the murders, and Sweden has opened an investigation.

“Zaida Catalan worked tirelessly for peace and justice, and risked her own life to save others,” said Stefan Lofven, the Swedish prime minister. “Sweden is naturally ready to assist in this work.”

Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary-general, paid tribute to the pair.

“Michael and Zaida lost their lives seeking to understand the causes of conflict and insecurity in the DRC in order to help bring peace to the country and its people,” he said.  “We will honour their memory by continuing to support the invaluable work of the Group of Experts and the whole UN family in the DRC.”

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Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, also praised Sharp’s professionalism.

“Michael was working on the front lines of what we try to do at the United Nations every day: find problems and fix them,” she said in a statement.  “He selflessly put himself in harm’s way to try to make a difference in the lives of the Congolese people.”

His father, John Sharp, told NBC News that an “unidentified militia group” was responsible for his kidnapping when he first learned his son went missing. Mr Sharp said his son was dedicated to doing humanitarian work in eastern Congo even before he joined the United Nations.

Their disappearance marked the first time UN experts had been reported missing in Congo, Human Rights Watch reported, and was the first recorded disappearance of international workers in the Kasai provinces.

The UN last week reported that more than two dozen mass graves have been discovered since January in three Kasai provinces. Five videos have emerged in recent weeks that appear to show Congolese soldiers firing on militia members.

While the violence is linked to local power struggles, there are also clear ties to Congo’s current political crisis, according to Human Rights Watch.

Anger has been growing in the country at long-delayed presidential elections, and dozens were killed in December amid protests as President Joseph Kabila stayed on past the end of his mandate.  A deal reached between the ruling party and opposition to hold elections by the end of this year, without Mr Kabila, remains fragile as the UN urges its implementation.

Meanwhile, the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC is up for renewal next month – leading to concerns at the UN headquarters in New York that President Donald Trump’s plans to slash UN fundingwill see the mission drastically cut at a crucial time.

The DRC peacekeeping mission is the largest, longest running and most expensive of all 16 UN peacekeeping missions, with a $1.2 billion annual price tag.

Ms Haley is currently reviewing the value of all the missions, and is expected to deliver her verdict on the DRC operation – the first due for renewal – in April.

While some diplomats accept that a review of the mission is valid, they warn against a drastic reduction in size at such a tense moment.

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/29/us-warns-against-travel-democratic-republic-congo-un-investigators/

RDC – Tshikapa: De violents affrontements entre miliciens et forces régulières, 40 morts

 

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Ce samedi 25 mars, de violents affrontements opposent la milice du chef Kamwina Nsapu aux forces régulières au village Malenga à Tshikapa au Kasaï.

Nos sources sur place, indiquent que 40 soldats seraient tués lors de ces combats sur la Route Nationale n°1 Tshikapa-Kananga. Continue reading RDC – Tshikapa: De violents affrontements entre miliciens et forces régulières, 40 morts

Chercher Kasaï-Central: le corps du chef Kamuina Nsapu sera exhumé

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Le corps du chef traditionnel Kamuina Nsapu, tué en août 2016 lors des affrontements avec les forces de l’ordre, sera exhumé pour être enterré suivant des rites coutumiers. Le vice-premier ministre et ministre de l’Intérieur, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, a indiqué, vendredi 17 mars à la presse de Kananga, avoir trouvé ce compromis avec la famille du défunt. Continue reading Chercher Kasaï-Central: le corps du chef Kamuina Nsapu sera exhumé