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EurAc questions the recent decision of Belgium to grant a visa to Congolese Minister for Communications and Media, despite EU sanctions

20/10/2017 - Press release

DRC, European Union; Democracy & Human Rights

  PRESS RELEASE 20 October 2017   The European network for Central Africa (EurAc) questions the recent decision of Belgium to grant a visa for humanitarian purposes to Lambert Mende, Minister for Communications and Media and government spokesman of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), despite... Read more

DR Congo: US, EU Should Expand Targeted Sanctions

10/10/2017 - Press release

DRC, European Union; Democracy & Human Rights

Increase Pressure on Those Unlawfully Enriched by Kabila’s Rule (Brussels, October 10, 2017) – The United States and European Union should expand targeted sanctions on President Joseph Kabila’s family members and financial associates benefitting from unlawful activity in the Democratic Republic of... Read more

[CONFERENCE] Preventing a deteriorating human rights crisis in the DR Congo: Monitoring of and accountability for violations and repression - 20 June 2017 - A side-event to the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council

20/06/2017 - Event

DRC, European Union, United Nations; All thematics

WHAT: A side-event to the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council, on the human rights situation in the DRC WHEN: 20 June 2017 - from 9.30am to 11.00am WHERE: Room XXIV, Palais des Nations, Geneva (Switzerland)

EurAc in a nutshell...

Created in 2003, the European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) gathers member organisations from civil society in several European countries. These organisations work on and in the Great Lakes region. They support civil society organisations in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda in their efforts to promote peace, the defence of human rights and development.

 

 

EurAc’s mission is to carry out advocacy work towards the European Union (EU) to ensure a strong, coherent and sustainable engagement by the EU and its member state, integrated to a regional approach, in order to help the Great Lakes region build a better future.

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Our areas of work

Political and security tensions in the Great Lakes region threaten the stability, security and development in the region as a whole. EurAc develops its analysis and advocacy around issues of civilian protection, support for security programs, including the reform of the security sector (SSR), and support for peace processes.

 

 

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The democratisation processes in the Great Lakes region face many political and security obstacles and tensions, particularly around the organization of electoral cycles. EurAc develops its expertise and conducts advocacy work urging the EU to enhance its policies in defense of the rule of law, the good governance and the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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The sustainable management of natural resources can constitute a significant lever for reducing poverty and for regional stability. Unfortunately, local populations generally undergo the negative impacts of this exploitation.

EurAc calls for a more transparent and sustainable management of resources, so as to make it favorable to the interests of the most vulnerable populations.

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Our latest positions and publications

07/06/2017 - Policy Briefing - (EN/FR)
Burundi, Central Africa, DRC, European Union, Great Lakes, Rwanda; Democracy & Human Rights

In its new report Democratic processes and political stalemate in the Great Lakes region: For a stronger engagement of the European Union in Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda published today on the occasion of the public conference organised at the European Parliament on the same theme, the European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) highlights the different political and security crises linked to democratic processes, including electoral processes, in each of the three countries of the Great Lakes region in Africa, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda as well as proposes several recommendations and lines of action for the European Union (EU) to further strengthen its commitment to good governance, the rule of law and democracy in these countries and the region.

03/05/2017 - Position Paper - (EN)
DRC, European Union; Democracy & Human Rights

In light of the worsening political and security crisis in the DRC, EurAc calls on European Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the High Representative of the EU Federica Mogherini, to take concrete steps to prevent a further escalation of violence and new abuses in the DRC. At the Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 6 March, the EU declared its intention to “adopt new individual restrictive measures against those responsible for serious human rights violations or for incitement to violence and those who would obstruct a consensual and peaceful solution to the crisis, one that respects the aspiration of the people of the DRC to elect their representatives”. EurAc believes that it is time to turn words into action, this declaration into a decision to apply new targeted sanctions.

22/03/2017 - Position Paper - (EN/FR)
Central Africa, DRC, European Union, Great Lakes; Natural Resources

One week ago, on 16 March 2017, the European Parliament approved the European Regulation for the responsible sourcing of minerals originating from conflict-affected and high-risk areas. In its new report titled 'Accompanying measures to the EU Regulation on responsible mineral sourcing: Towards an improved governance of the artisanal mining sector in the DRC' released today, the European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) does not hereby intend to discuss the content of the new regulation but it rather wishes to focus on the “accompanying measures”, the non-legislative measures meant to ensure the effective implementation of the regulation. 

Based on our understanding of the challenges in the DRC’s artisanal mining sector, EurAc has identified in this report three main gaps, relating to the accompanying measures currently envisaged for the DRC, in the current approach adopted by the European Union (EU) and its Member States: the limited financial resources allocated to strengthening the governance of the artisanal mining sector, then the limited attention paid to local actors and finally the vagueness regarding the strengthening of political dialogue with the Congolese government and with other countries in the Great Lakes region.

28/02/2017 - Position Paper - (EN)
DRC, European Union; Democracy & Human Rights

As the European Foreign Affairs Ministers are due to discuss the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the next Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 6 March 2017, the European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) strongly believes that a second round of European Union (EU) targeted sanctions (travel ban and asset freeze) against senior political and security actors, closer to the inner circle of President Joseph Kabila and responsible for human rights abuse as well as for the violent crackdown on dissident voices and for undermining the democratic process, would be useful to increase the pressure on DRC officials to find a solution to the political and security crisis.

07/12/2016 - Policy Briefing - (EN/FR)
DRC, European Union; Democracy & Human Rights

With this new position statement, the European network for Central Africa (EurAc) wishes to draw the attention of European political decision-makers, at all levels of power, to the gravity and the risks of the situation in the DRC.

10/11/2016 - Policy Briefing - (EN/FR)
Central Africa, European Union, Great Lakes; Natural Resources

The European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) calls on representatives of Member States and of the European Parliament participating in the trilogue to revisit their copy on the establishment of the ‘White List’ of smelters and refiners certified as ‘responsible’ and on the definition of exemption thresholds for ‘small’ volumes of ‘3Ts’2 and gold minerals and metals imported into the European Union (EU).