Democratic Republic of Congo

Congolese Government Approves Oil Drilling In National Parks, Threatening Critical Wildlife Populations

Mountain gorillas and other endangered species in the Congo basin face a renewed threat to their survival, as the government has approved of oil drilling in two of the country’s protected national parks. Virunga and Salonga, which are UNESCO World Heritage sites, are home to many endangered species, including half […]

UN Peacekeeping And Sexual Assault: Where Are We Now?

It has been over a year since the re-introduction of the zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, an issue that has long been rife within the United Nations (UN). Stemming from a resolution adopted on March 10, 2017, the policy stresses the importance of states holding perpetrators accountable, particularly […]

Africa’s Failure At The World Cup: A Reflection Of The Political Systems And Governance Structures?

There has been growing concern about the performance of African teams at major global sporting events especially the FIFA World Football Cup. With the premature exit of all five contending African teams, some Africans have argued that the poor performance of these teams is a clear reflection of the poor […]

Violence In Virunga The Worst In Ten Years

Virunga National Park, Africa’s largest national park, has experienced more violence this year than in the last decade, National Geographic reports. The park, located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has had 16 rangers killed in the last year.  The Guardian says this April also saw the most […]

Human Rights Development Faced A Setback As International Criminal Court Overrule Jean-Pierre Bemba’s War Crimes Conviction

On June 8, the International Criminal Court (ICC) reversed the war conviction of Former Vice President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, on an appeal that includes alleged murder and rape cases.  The ICC judges’ ruling overturns a historic 18-year prison sentence handed down after a five-year trial in […]

The Role Of Youth In Peace And Conflict In Africa

On December 9th, 2015, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted one of the most ground-breaking resolutions in its history; UNSCR 2250 (2015) recognized the need for youths to play an “important and positive role in the maintenance and promotion of international peace security.” UNSCR resolution 2250 identified five key […]

ICC Overturns Its Conviction Of Jean-Pierre Bemba In Blow To Human Rights Regime

On June 8, 2018, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court acquitted Jean-Pierre Bemba of the two counts of war crimes and three counts of crimes against humanity for which he was found guilty of in 2016. Bemba, former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, had been […]

Ebola Outbreak Declared A Public Health Emergency In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced last week that the number of people infected with the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has risen to 28, with seven confirmed cases in urban settings. Officials initially believed that the outbreak was confined to Bikoro, a rural setting near the […]

Experimental Ebola Vaccine Launched In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

An experimental Ebola vaccination programme has been launched in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a bid to prevent a global health crisis. The recent outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus has now infected 28 people in the DRC and has been declared to have the “potential to expand,” […]

Ebola Returns To The Congo; Outbreak Kills 23 And Threatens A Devastating Epidemic

The Democratic Republic of Congo is suffering from a fresh outbreak of Ebola. The disease re-appeared on April 4, 2018 in rural Bikoro before spreading to the city of Mbandaka, infecting 45 people and claiming the lives of 23. The city is a major transport hub located on the Congo river […]