Congo (Zaire)

UN Criticises DRC Forces Over Rights

A report by the United Nations (UN) joint Human Rights Office in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has found that the country's security forces committed serious human rights violations.

The report found that the violations include killings and arbitrary detentions ahead of elections last year.

The investigation found that at least 33 people were killed in the capital Kinshasa during November and December last year, and at least 83 wounded, mainly by gunshots whereas 16 others remain unaccounted for.

UN Concerned Over the Displaced in DRC

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says that about 3 000 people have been displaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo's north-east amid renewed rebel attacks since the start of the year.

UNHCR spokesperson, Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba, points out that the agency is very concerned at the recent displacement of several thousand people as a result of renewed attacks by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

Lejeune-Kaba states that abducted civilians are often used as porters, while the LRA forces young women into sexual slavery.

AIDS Patients Likely to Die – MSF

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has warned that some 15 000 AIDS victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo are likely to die, waiting for lifesaving drugs in the next three years.

Medical coordinator, Anja De Weggheleire, says that the estimate of 15 000 dead in three years is horrifying but represents only the tip of the iceberg, since most victims don't even know they are infected.

UNICEF: Partnership to Demobilise Children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says that a partnership of humanitarian organisations working with community volunteers in South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has helped to demobilise thousands of children formerly associated with armed groups in the province.

UNICEF's chief of communication in that country, Cornelia Walther, points out that at least 33 000 children have been demobilised across the DRC with UNICEF's assistance since 2004.

African Youth Day Conference 2011

The Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) is the youth platform for information exchange, forum for debate on African issues and a network of future political, corporate, academic, literary, religious and traditional leaders in all African contexts.

The African Youth Day was declared and adopted by the African Union (AU) in 2006 to be commemorated on 1 November each year. It has since evolved as the most powerful platform of young people of Africa.

The Freedom of impressions

On Saturday, I attended a workshop at Constitutions Hill organised by Congo Renaissance (CoRe), a platform of Congolese living in South Africa in commemoration of the World Press Freedom happening the following day, Sunday 3rd of May.

Worldwide the World Press Freedom day is considered as a day of action to encourage and develop initiatives in favor of the freedom of the press; a day to remind governments to respect their commitments to press freedom; and a day to alert the public and to increase awareness of the importance of freedom of the press.

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