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11-17 March 2016

Weekly Media Monitoring report for The Democratic Republic of Congo
Posted on March 18, 2016

Contents

Compiled by Caroline Johnpulle 

  1. UN adopts its first resolution to fight sexual abuse within their personnel
  2. Rebel attacks led by the Maï-Maï and FDLR rebels leave 7 dead
  3. South Kivu: Attack against Doctors without Borders
  4. FARDC launch operations in Rutshuru, due to insecurity against the FDLR
  5. Police arrest 10 activists from the citizen pro-democracy movement 

1. UN adopts its first resolution to fight sexual abuse within their personnel
Privately-owned media

(Radio-Okapi, independent/privately-owned newspaper, article dated 13 March 2016, in French) L’ONU renforce les mesures contre les abus sexuels commis par les casques bleu     

  • The UN Security Council adopted a resolution strengthening measures against sexual abuse by peacekeepers.
  • This is the first resolution on the fight against sexual abuse committed by UN personnel in peace missions to be adopted so far.

2. Rebel attacks led by the Maï-Maï and FDLR rebels leave 7 dead
Privately-owned media

(Radio-Okapi, independent/privately-owned newspaper, article dated 14 March 2016, in French) Parc des Virunga: 7 morts dans une attaque des miliciens

  • March 12 – 13, two attacks by the Maï-Maï and FDLR rebels left 7 dead.
  • The attacks took place in nature conservations in Chondo and Kawu.

 


3. South Kivu: Attack against Doctors without Borders
Privately-owned media

(Radio-Okapi, independent/privately-owned newspaper, article dated 14 March 2016, in French) Sud-Kivu: nouvelle attaque armée de la base de MSF à Baraka

  • Attack on NGO, Doctors Without Borders by armed bandits in Baraka, South Kivu. They have reduced their operations in the area since.
  • It was allegedly coordinated by a group of young armed men named, “Balala Rondo.”

5. FARDC launch operations in Rutshuru, due to insecurity against the FDLR
Privately-owned media

(Radio-Okapi, independent/privately-owned newspaper, article dated 15 March 2016, in French) Nord-Kivu: l’armée attaque les FDLR à Rutshuru

  • The FARDC have launched operations against Rwandan rebels the FDLR in the Rutshuru territory.
  • These operations take place after the attacks in Chondo from March 11.
  • Many families have since fled to neighboring Uganda, due to the presence of the Rwandan rebels. 

6. Police arrest 10 activists from the citizen pro-democracy movement
Privately-owned media

(Radio-Okapi, independent/privately-owned newspaper, article dated 15 March 2016, in French) La police interpelle une dizaine d’activistes de la Lucha à Goma

  • 10 activists peacefully demonstrating were arrested in Goma, North Kivu.
  • They were demanding the release of fellow activists Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala. The two were taken away on accounts of exercising freedom of expression. 
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