Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo fired live ammunition, killing one person, in dispersing opposition protests on June 30, 2019.
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In the 60-plus years since the countries of sub-Saharan Africa started becoming independent, democracy there has advanced unevenly.
A U.N. watchdog group is demanding an end to the widespread practice of torture and other cruel punishments in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Long-awaited legislative elections are underway in three towns in Congo after authorities postponed them because of Ebola and violence.
President Felix’s government blocks newly-elected senators from taking office after his predecessor overwhelming had majority in the upper house.
The DRC’s new administration should demonstrate its human rights commitment by impartially investigating and prosecuting the post-election killing.
In a letter to the AU summit in Addis Ababa, Martin Fayulu restated his allegation and suggested “holding the elections again within six months”.
After election upheaval, DRC inaugurates parliament with new president but left National Assembly dominated by supporters of former leader Joseph Kabila.
DR Congo celebrates new President Felix Tshisekedi, historic occasion for a nation long beset by conflict, while keeping sharp eye on ex-president Kabila.
Felix Tshisekedi, 55, has emerged from his father’s shadow to become Congo’s next president after a disputed vote with runner-up Martin Fayulu.