| Africatime
Friday 19 December 2014
(AFP (eng) 12/19/14)
The multinational effort to bring peace to the war-torn east of Democratic Republic of Congo is in danger of failing, the International Crisis Group (ICG) warned Thursday. In a damning report on the UN-backed push to pacify the region which has been ravaged by conflict for two decades, the think tank said "the entire stabilisation agenda for the eastern provinces is at risk". It claimed that unless the UN, Kinshasa and neighbouring countries pull together, they will "prolong the tragic status quo of attacks and pillaging by armed groups against an already brutalised civilian population." The east of the vast mineral-rich DRC was the scene of two major wars between 1996 and 2003, with neighbouring...
(Human Rights Watch 12/19/14)
New York — African countries expressed strong support for the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the 13th Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, the court's founding document, African and international organizations present at the session said today. The governments showed a more positive picture of Africa's relationship with the ICC than is often reflected in public debates, the organizations said. The ICC's Assembly of States Parties met from December 8-17, 2014, at the United Nations headquarters for its regular annual session. ICC members approved the court's budget and elected six new judges to the court, in addition to discussing topics such as cooperation with the court. "While a few vocal African governments are intent on portraying the ICC...
(AFP (eng) 12/18/14)
Around 1,000 ex-fighters from a Democratic Republic of Congo rebel group were found in a Ugandan refugee camp Wednesday, a day after fleeing moves to repatriate them, the Ugandan army said. The ex-rebels from the M23 group fled the Bihanga camp 300 kilometres (190 miles) southwest of Kampala on Tuesday, as the Ugandan army attempted to repatriate some of the group. Ugandan army spokesman Paddy Ankunda told AFP that around 1,000 ex-rebels were in the nearby Rwamwanja refugee camp, run...
(Voice of America 12/18/14)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports 2014 is the deadliest year on record for migrants fleeing conflict, political persecution and economic hardship. As the world marks International Migrants Day, IOM is calling for urgent action to save the lives of migrants and to stop smugglers from exploiting these vulnerable, desperate people. Death has always been an unfortunate part of migration. Since 2000, more than 40,000 migrants have died while trying to cross borders around the world. This past year...
(African Press Organization 12/18/14)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Tuesday, in Abidjan, Cote d‘Ivoire, launched the 2014 edition of its flagship publication, the African Development Report (ADR). The report, according to a statement posted on the organization’s website, is with the theme “Regional Integration for Inclusive Growth”. It said that Africa’s regional integration has been a key economic and political aspiration since the independence decade of the 1960s. The report is also an important pillar for the work of the AfDB, which is celebrating...
(AFP (eng) 12/17/14)
Democratic Republic of Congo and UN forces are renewing a hunt for Ugandan rebels in a corner of the DRC's restive east who are blamed for slaughtering 260 local people, officials announced Tuesday. Since Saturday, joint forces in the northern reaches of the North Kivu province have been searching for the Muslim insurgents belonging to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). The government soldiers aim to "dismantle the remnants of the ADF who are still in the area," Colonel Celestin Ngelka,...
(AFP (eng) 12/17/14)
About 1,000 former fighters from a Democratic Republic of Congo rebel group broke out Tuesday from a camp in Uganda where they were being held as soldiers were trying to repatriate them, the Ugandan army said. "A thousand rebels from the M23 (group) have escaped" from the camp in Bihanga, about 300 kilometres (190 miles) southwest of the Ugandan capital Kampala, a spokesman for the Ugandan army said on the official Twitter account. "They said they were worried about their...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/17/14)
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda began sending home more than 1,000 fighters of a rebel group from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Tuesday after Kinshasa pressured it to return them to prevent them regrouping to fight again. Some 1,430 fighters are believed to have fled into Uganda after Congolese and U.N. forces quashed their rebellion in eastern DRC in 2013. Most live in military-run camps awaiting amnesties promised under a peace deal. Kinshasa has been pressing Uganda and Rwanda to...
(BBC News Africa 12/17/14)
More than 1,500 Congolese ex-rebels have gone on the run in Uganda ahead of their handover to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the group's leader, Bertrand Bisimwa, has told the BBC. The M23 president said they had left a camp where they were being held because they feared returning home. They had fled to Uganda a year ago after being defeated by the Congolese army and UN forces. However, Uganda's army spokesman has denied that most of them are missing...
(Voice of America 12/17/14)
NAIROBI, KENYA— Rebels have massacred at least 184 civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since October, according to Human Rights Watch. The violence has been attributed to a rebel movement operating in the area despite U.N. and Congolese army operations against the group. In research published Tuesday, Human Rights Watch documented horrifying brutality in the Beni territory of eastern DRC, where witnesses say rebels have been hacking civilians to death with machetes and axes, and shooting others with...
(Bloomberg 12/17/14)
Human Rights Watch said a series of rebel attacks in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that have left more than 180 civilians dead this year amount to war crimes. Unidentified rebel fighters used axes, machetes and guns to kill civilians during raids on towns and villages in the country’s Beni territory between Oct. 5 and Dec. 6, the New York-based rights group said today in a statement, citing witnesses. Some of those interviewed said their requests to the army for...
(World Bulletin 12/17/14)
Hundreds of fighters from the M23 rebel group are on the run in Uganda following reports they were to be forcibly repatriated to their native Democratic Republic of Congo. "They told us they ran away because the government in Kinshasa, helped by the Ugandan government, wants to take them by force back home," M23 spokesman Kabasha Amani told The Anadolu Agency on Tuesday. He said over 1,000 fighters at the Bihanga camp in Western Uganda had been slated to voluntarily...
( FOROYAA Newspaper 12/17/14)
Security – France's Defence Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said here Monday that he was pleased by the commitment of African countries to fight insecurity on the continent and he reaffirmed his country’s readiness to accompany them in that war. 'Today, the first actors of insecurity in Africa are African States, the African armies and African organizations. In all African crises, it is the voice of the African Union which is heard. In all peacekeeping operations deployed in Africa, I realize that it is African contingents who do most of the job,' he said.
(Reuters (Eng) 12/16/14)
DAKAR (Reuters) - Only a few of Rwanda's FDLR rebels operating in eastern Congo have laid down their arms before a January deadline, meaning that U.N. troops will launch operations against the group next month, the U.N.'s peacekeeping chief said on Monday. Herve Ladsous said that the U.N.'s Democratic Republic of Congo's mission, MONUSCO, was also involved in an offensive to pick off the last remaining elements of Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) Islamist rebels, which also operate in Congo's...
(The Voice 12/16/14)
DAKAR— France urged African nations on Monday to step up cross-border cooperation to tackle security challenges from Islamist groups in southern Libya to Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, as it seeks to scale back its military commitments on the continent. Amid budgetary pressures at home, France is looking to reduce security commitments in Africa. It is scaling back the 2,000 troops it deployed a year ago to curb Christian-Muslim violence in Central African Republic, a former colony.
(AFP (eng) 12/15/14)
Democratic of Congo President Joseph Kabila on Monday said he would reject foreign admonitions on the electoral process in the vast central African country. "We are always ready to receive advice, guidance and suggestions, but never injunctions," Kabila said in a speech to both houses of parliament in Kinshasa. He questioned the "sound basis on which non-Congolese people invite themselves to take part in the debate, however well-intentioned they might be." The Congolese leader is under strong international pressure, particularly...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/15/14)
KINSHASA Mon Dec 15, 2014 (Reuters) - The president of Democratic Republic of Congo told foreign nations on Monday to respect his country's sovereignty after several urged him to comply with the constitution and not to run for re-election. Though Joseph Kabila has yet to publicly declare his intentions, Congo is rife with speculation that he is looking for ways to remain in charge of the vast, mineral-rich nation after his second elected five-year term in office ends in 2016...
(AFP (eng) 12/15/14)
At least 129 people drowned when a passenger ship capsized on Lake Tanganyika in the southeast of Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a new official death toll Sunday. "Rescue workers recovered a total of 129 bodies," Laurent Kahozi Sumba, minister for transport of DRC's Katanga province, told AFP, adding there were a number of women and children among the victims in Thursday's disaster. The new toll represented a dramatic increase on the provisional figure given Saturday by the government...
(IRIN 12/15/14)
The murders of more than 250 men, women and children in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Beni Territory in recent weeks have widely been blamed on an insurgency of Ugandan origin known as the Alliance of Democratic Forces-NALU (ADF-NALU). But several armed groups and racketeering gangs are active in the area and the culprits of these killings have not been incontrovertibly identified. The killings were carried out, in various episodes between 2 October and 7 December, using knives, machetes...
(Voice of America 12/15/14)
Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo said at least 129 people are dead after a boat capsized on Lake Tanganyika in the country's southeast. Laurent Kahozi Sumba, transport minister for Congo's Katanga province, announced the increased death toll on Sunday, saying a number of women and children were among the victims. Sumba said there are 232 known survivors, mostly men. The accident occurred Thursday night in the north of Katanga province, near the town of Kalemie. The MV Mutambala...

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