Since the DRC government established martial law in the conflict-ridden east ten months ago, the military has crushed dissidents.
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Inquiry into Prominent DR Congo Activist’s Murder Needed
Government should reopen its investigation into the 2010 double murder of the leading human rights defender Floribert Chebeya and his driver.
DR Congo Crackdown on Media, Dissent, Protests is Escalating
President Felix Tshisekedi’s administration in the Democratic Republic of Congo has increasingly cracked down.
DR Congo Police Continue To Fire On And Beat Protesters
Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo fired live ammunition, killing one person, in dispersing opposition protests on June 30, 2019.
How ‘Warlord Democrats’ Threaten Africa’s Democratic Moment
In the 60-plus years since the countries of sub-Saharan Africa started becoming independent, democracy there has advanced unevenly.
Torture Thrives in Climate of Impunity in DR Congo
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.
Delayed Congo Legislative Vote Begins in Ebola Areas
Long-awaited legislative elections are underway in three towns in Congo after authorities postponed them because of Ebola and violence.
Congo Suspends Seating of New Senators Following Disputed Election
President Felix’s government blocks newly-elected senators from taking office after his predecessor overwhelming had majority in the upper house.
New DR Congo President Must Seek Justice for Election Killings
The DRC’s new administration should demonstrate its human rights commitment by impartially investigating and prosecuting the post-election killing.
DR Congo Election Loser Calls for Rematch
In a letter to the AU summit in Addis Ababa, Martin Fayulu restated his allegation and suggested “holding the elections again within six months”.