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20-26 May 2016

Weekly Media Monitoring report for The Democratic Republic of Congo
Posted on June 28, 2016

Contents

Compiled by Caroline Johnpulle 

  1. UN investigation confirms human rights violations committed by ADF rebels
  2. Moïse Katumbi evacuated for medical attention in South Africa
  3. Operation “Usalama” successful against the ADF rebels
  4. Opposition march in Kinshasa: 35 police officers injured
  5. Opposition march in Goma: 1 dead and 8 injured 

1. UN investigation confirms human rights violations committed by ADF rebels
 State-owned media

(Agence Congolaise Presse, government-owned news agency, article dated 25 May 2016 in French) Une mission d’enquête des Nations Unies confirme des crimes horribles commis par les ADF en RDC

  • A special investigation mission of the UN for Human Rights, deployed from 13 - 22 May 2016 in Beni, North Kivu, confirmed that serious violations of humanitarian law were committed by rebels, of Alliance of Democratic Forces (ADF), against civilians, including women and children.
  • This regarded attacks on villages in eastern DRC, in North Kivu and partly in the province of Ituri, from 28 February to 22 May 2016.
  • According to the report, at least 76 civilians were killed and more than 17 abducted people. 

2. Moïse Katumbi evacuated for medical attention in South Africa
Privately-owned media

(Radio-Okapi, independent/privately-owned newspaper, article dated 20 May 2016, in French) Moïse Katumbi évacué pour des soins en Afrique du Sud

  • Governor of the former Katanga, Moïse Katumbi, was evacuated in a plane May 20 evening to South Africa for proper care.
  • Previously, hospitalized in Lubumbashi, he was charged with "undermining the internal and external security of the state.”
  • He has been placed under provisional arrest warrant.

3. Operation “Usalama” successful against the ADF rebels
Privately-owned media

(Radio-Okapi, independent/privately-owned newspaper, article dated 23 May 2016, in French) Opération « Usalama » : les FARDC et la Monusco contrôlent plusieurs positions des ADF à Beni

  • Nine days after the launch of the "Usalama" operation against Ugandan rebels of the ADF, FARDC have taken over occupation, of several of their camps.
  • The FARDC and MONUSCO coalition will continue to increase its pressure on the ADF in Beni. 

4. Political demonstration in Kinshasa: 35 police officers injured
Privately-owned media

(Radio-Okapi, independent/privately-owned newspaper, article dated 26 May 2016, in French) Marche des opposants : 35 policiers blessés à Kinshasa, selon la PNC

  • Demonstration took place with thousands of participants marching in Kinshasa.
  • Supporters of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), Union for the Congolese Nation (UNC), the movement for the liberation of the Congo (MLC) and others were present.
  • 35 Congolese police officers were injured due to party clashes. 

5. Political demonstration in Goma: 1 dead and 8 injured
Privately-owned media

(Radio-Okapi, independent/privately-owned newspaper, article dated 26 May 2016, in French) Marche des opposants à Goma : un mort et huit blessés

  • Opposition march which took place in Goma, escalated to a fight between protestors and police, leaving 8 injured and 1 dead.
  • At least 32 youths were arrested.

 

 

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