Guest blog: La CNPSC depuis l’assaut sur Uvira

Décryptage de la situation après la tentative d’assaut sur Uvira : quid de la CNPSC au Sud-Kivu? Oscar Dunia Abedi, chercheur indépendant   La Coalition nationale du peuple pour la souveraineté du Congo (CNPSC) est un mouvement initialement fondé en 2013 et resurgi depuis mi-2016 après une existence dormante pendant plusieurs années, sous le commandement de … Continue reading

12 March 2017 – the murder of Zaida and Michael

On 12 March 2017 – one year ago ago – two members of the UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) disappeared in the country’s Kasai region while they were investigating an insurrection against the Congolese government known as Kamuina Nsapu. On a mission to investigate potential sanctions violations, which has … Continue reading

Unearthing the flaws in the Board of Inquiry report on the murder of Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan

(For a PDF version of the below text, click here) In sequence to the violent upsurge in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Kasai region since late 2016, the UN Security Council-mandated Group of Experts on the DRC (GoE) began investigating violations of International Humanitarian Law in the concerned region. During their field investigations, … Continue reading

Putting the Kamanyola killings into perspective

(screenshot of Kamanyola area, Google Maps with amendments) On 15 September 2017 in the afternoon, the Congolese border town Kamanyola witnessed the deadliest killing spree that has occured in South Kivu’s Ruzizi Plains since 2014’s Mutarule carnage. At least 36 Burundian refugees and two Congolese (a soldier and a policeman) were killed in what seemed … Continue reading

“Tatort Kongo – Prozess in Deutschland”, or a history of the FDLR

Below is a guest feature on the new FDLR book by Johnson, Schlindwein & Schmolze: “Tatort Kongo – Prozess in Deutschland”, or a history of the FDLR Usually, starting with the worst point is not how one would begin a review – but this great book so far only exists in a German version, and it … Continue reading

Main takeaways of the new Group of Experts report

This year’s final report of the UN group of expert monitoring the Democratic Republic of the Congo has just been released As in previous years, it contains a lot of important and relevant information on current developments in the country. In terms of armed groups, FDLR and ADF are under increased scrutiny like in previous years, … Continue reading

Courts and technocrats in Congo?

Over the last few weeks, Congo’s embattled political arena has seen a gradual shift of issues outside the playgrounds of pre-electoral competition and into the – in parts more shadowy – world of legal and technocratic procedures. On May 11, the Constitutional Court of the DRC expressed its verdict over the question whether or not … Continue reading

Mujyambere’s arrest & the politics of tackling FDLR

Early last week, the chief of staff of the FDLR’s main military wing, FOCA, Brig.-Gen. Leopold Mujyambere (also known under the following aliases: Petrus, Achille, Musenyeri) was arrested when he was allegedly on his way back from Zambia into the thick forests of Northern Masisi – where many of the militia’s key leaders and troops … Continue reading

The new Security Council resolution 2277 on MONUSCO

A few hours ago, the UN Security Council has unanimously adopted – under Angolan presidency – its resolution 2277 extending MONUSCO’s mandate for another year (the 17th) and outlining the grand lines of UN politics on the Congo for the coming twelve months, a period arguably to be marked by heavy contestation at various levels. … Continue reading

Tit-for-tat violence spreads in southern Lubero

2016 has begun with little calm in North Kivu as reports over the Miriki massacre made the headlines in early January. Since November 2015, FARDC-led Sukola II operations marked an effective military campaign against FDLR in North Kivu (the South Kivu string of operations ended very quickly in mid-2015 and ever since, FDLR are reported to … Continue reading