Democratic Republic of Congo


African Political Trends: The Rise In ‘Constitutional Coups’

Comoros president Azali Assoumani is the latest African president to use a constitutional reform to cling to power with an iron fist. The Comoros National Electoral Commission (CENI) announced on 31 July that an overwhelming majority of the country (92.74%) voted for government-backed constitutional reforms that will allow the president […]


Democratic Republic Of The Congo: President Confirms He Will Not Run For Third Term

Following two years of uncertainty, the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila, has finally confirmed that he will not stand for re-election on 23 December 2018. This declaration is in line with constitutional requirements that impose a two-term limit on DRC presidents. Kabila has now […]


Recently Freed After War Crimes Conviction, Jean-Pierre Bemba Runs For Presidency in DRC

Jean-Pierre Bemba was welcomed home to the Congo this week by tens of thousands of cheering citizens. Mr Bemba, recently freed after a 2016 conviction for war crimes and crimes against humanity by the ICC, returned home to file his candidacy for President. The crowd was the DRC’s largest politically-related […]


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 […]


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 […]