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Burundi: Lettre du président Pierre Nkurunziza au président de la Commission de l’Union Africaine Moussa Faki Mahamat (14.03.2018)


RDC: Briefing de la CENCO au Conseil de Securite des Nationes Unies le 19/03/2018

Unlawful, unjustified and disproportionate use of force against protestors in DR Congo – UN report (19.03.2018)

Between 1 January 2017 and 31 January 2018, at least 47 people, including women and children, were killed by security services and defence forces in the context of demonstrations.

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 19, 2018 –  The right to freedom of peaceful assembly was severely restricted and often violently suppressed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2017 and the trend continues so far this year, according to a UN report issued on Monday. The report* documents killings and other serious human rights violations due to the use of excessive force by security services and defence forces in relation to mass protests.

Between 1 January 2017 and 31 January 2018, at least 47 people, including women and children, were killed by security services and defence forces in the context of demonstrations and there are indications that Congolese security services have attempted to cover up these serious human rights violations by removing the bodies of victims and obstructing the work of national and international observers, the report states.

The report, published jointly by the UN Human Rights Office and the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO)**, describes the lack of compliance with national law and international standards, in particular the principles of legality, necessity, proportionality, precaution and accountability, related to the use of force by security services and defence forces during the suppression of peaceful demonstrations between January 2017 and January 2018.

The report is based on information collected during six main mobilization days and it states that while some people armed with sticks and broomsticks did attempt to perpetrate violence during some protests, the vast majority of demonstrators were peaceful. The use of excessive force – including lethal force – by the authorities was thus unlawful, unjustified and disproportionate.

The report also states that increasing restrictions to fundamental rights and freedoms coupled with inflammatory speeches and threats against demonstrators are cause for deep concern at a time when it is particularly important to create an environment conducive to peaceful elections.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the DRC, Leila Zerrougui, said the report highlights impunity gaps and a continued shrinking of the democratic space in the country observed since the beginning of 2015.

“This is inconsistent with the letter and spirit of the 31 December 2016 Agreement and its confidence-building measures. Demonstrations are intrinsically related to freedom of expression and it is absolutely necessary that all voices can be heard in the context of the forthcoming elections,” Zerrougui said.

“The creation by the Ministry of Human Rights of a joint commission of inquiry*** with representatives of the civil society is a positive step forward for accountability and reparation for the victims,” she added. Zerrougui welcomed the findings of the Commission and urged their full and swift implementation. She expressed the readiness of the UN to provide support in that regard.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said the systematic suppression of demonstrations, including through the use of disproportionate force, is a serious breach of international human rights law and the laws of the DRC. There is an urgent need for a meaningful, transparent and independent judicial investigation into these violations and other allegations.

“It is particularly disturbing that security services and defence forces carry out this violence with almost full impunity which can be perceived as encouraging such repression,” he said. “We are seeing the quashing of dissent at all costs – even at the cost of human life – in the DRC by the systematic deployment of armed forces alongside the Police Nationale Congolaise to handle protests.”

Zerrougui and Zeid urged the Government to allow the exercise of the rights to peaceful assembly and expression, warning that repression would only breed frustration, could lead to serious deteriorations in the security situation in the country and could pose a threat to the electoral process. For credible elections to be held at the end of this year, the Government has an obligation to ensure that people’s civil and political rights are respected and their exercise is facilitated.

* The full report in French only can be accessed here: ohchr.org/Documents/Countries/CD/BCNUDH-Report_March2018.pdf

** The UN Joint Human Rights Office, which was established in February 2008, comprises the Human Rights Division of the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the DRC (OHCHR-DRC).

*** At the request of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the report of the joint commission of inquiry is annexed as an answer to the UN report.

Burundi: Cabinet du President – Decret No. 100/027 du 18 Mars 2018 Portant Convocation des Electeurs pour le Referendum Constitutionnel de 2018 (18.03.2018)

The 758th meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – (14.03.2018)

Burundi: Message de Felicitation a Son Excellence Pierre Nkurunziza Desormais Visonnaire du Parti CNDD FDD (14.03.2018)

RDC: CLC – “Appel du Comite Laic De Coordination – Jusqu’Au Bout Nous Irons!” (12.03.2018)

President Nkurunziza settling himself for life as a Imboneza yamaho from now on!

You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that’s assault, not leadership.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

We knew when President Pierre Nkururnziza illegally made himself a President for a third term in 2015, after the Constitutional Court and CENI allowing him to run for a third term. Now they are preparing for the election in 2020. So that the President can run for a fourth time. This is just all to settle his role and position for life. None above him and no one to succeed him.

That is why the opposition is detained, harassed and even assassinated them. The insecurity has led dozens upon dozens of refugees in fear of the oppression from the government. As people disappear and got lost in the wind. The waves of uncertainty as the alerts and suddenly people gone missing. That is what has happen since the demonstrations before the elections in 2015.

This and the adding up of fearful rhetoric, militarization of the youth party of the Imbonerakure, who has special training and funds from the CNDD-FDD. They have been sometimes working with the police and army to beat down on the opposition and if people might have leniency towards the opposition. They will be taken too. That is how it is in Burundi, for those who don’t know.

So, that the President has this weekend been named the Eternal Guidance after a two-day rallies in Ngozi Province. He is the new Imboneza. The total kingpin, the almighty leader and eternal guidance of the nation. This is the man whose wisdom is giving people “passport” to heaven if they oppose him. He is the wisdom of the people, he is the vicious ruler of the Republic. This is the same state that has sentence three Human Rights activists to jail for 10 years for having a Human Rights Workshop. That was a national threat.

The Imboneza is so afraid of the opposition, so afraid of dissidents, that he kills and silence them with vile force. He misuses the power, get people extra taxed to pay for his up-coming elections. This is the leader who cannot be succeeded. The President for life, the one with the answers, the ones with the decrees and the orders. The one deciding if you deserve to live or die.

The Imboneza yamaho, the mighty fella who has the army and training the youth in his vision. The one starting to hire people by ethnic group, the one using state funds for his own agenda not building the republic. The one having secret deals and instructions within the NGOs who work there. The president who has decided and controlled the Inter-Burundian Dialogue, in general stopped the progress or lack of transparent activity by the EAC project served by President Museveni. Who is a friend of Nkurunziza and accordingly gives him what he needs.

Now it is transparent, that the party is making him the eternal guide, the man for eternity. Just like they we’re supposed to vote for anyone else anyways, he has consolidated all the powers around him.

This was about to happen, it was just a matter of time.

He is now the Imboneza yamabo, the eternal leader, the eternal guide and the leader for life. No election, no rally and no way this end with peace, this will end in death and destruction. Since, a leader like this is only swallowed by his own power or he destroys everything he tries to build. There is never anything in between.

President Nkurunziza will now never leave, unless something would happen to him. He will linger on either until his last breath or a coup of some kind. There seems to be no other way out for this man, like so many of his kind. This sort of President doesn’t go in and leaves with a peaceful successor. They leave with a bang, that is why they are eternal, why they are almighty and decide fate of all his underlings.

I wish I didn’t have to write that part, but I got too. Because that is just the end. Peace.

RDC: PALU & MLC – Communique de Presse (09.03.2018)

RDC: Comite Laic de Coordination – Communique de Presse (07.03.2018)

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