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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...

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...

[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)

[CONFERENCE] Burundi: is the persisting human rights crisis fading from the international agenda? - 16 June 2017 - Side-event to the 35th session of the Human Rights Council

16/06/2017 - Event

Burundi, European Union, United Nations; All thematics

WHAT: Side-event in conjunction with the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council for an update on the human rights situation in Burundi and how civil society has continued to document and monitor the crisis. WHEN: 16 June 2017 - 3.30pm to 5pm WHERE: Room XXVII, Palais des Nations - Geneva (...

NEW BRIEFING - Democratic processes and political stalemate in the Great Lakes region: For a stronger engagement of the European Union in Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda

07/06/2017 - Press release

Burundi, Central Africa, DRC, European Union, Great Lakes, Rwanda; Democracy & Human Rights

PRESS RELEASE 7 June 2017 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...

DR Congo: UN Should Investigate Kasai Violence

01/06/2017 - Press release

DRC, European Union, United Nations; Peace & Security

  271 Groups Urge Prompt Human Rights Council Action (Geneva, June 1, 2017) – The United Nations Human Rights Council should urgently establish a commission of inquiry into the situation in the central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a coalition of 262 Congolese and 9...

PUBLIC CONFERENCE & LAUNCH OF REPORT - 7 JUNE 2017 - Democratic processes & political stalemate in the Great Lakes region. What role for the European Union?

31/05/2017 - Media Advisory

Burundi, Central Africa, DRC, European Union, Great Lakes, Rwanda; All thematics

PUBLIC CONFERENCE   Democratic processes & political stalemate in the Great Lakes region: What role for the European Union?   7 JUNE 2017 4.00pm-7.00pm   European Parliament, Room JAN 2Q2 Brussels   This event will also launch a EurAc advocacy document, which, based on extensive field work...

DR Congo: Time for the EU to turn words into action and apply new targeted sanctions against Congolese officials

03/05/2017 - Press release

DRC, European Union; Democracy & Human Rights

  PRESS RELEASE   As the European Foreign Affairs Ministers are due to discuss the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the next Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting on 15 May 2017, a second round of European Union (EU) targeted sanctions (travel ban and asset freeze) must be applied against...

NEW REPORT - Accompanying measures to the EU Regulation on responsible mineral sourcing: Towards an improved governance of the artisanal mining sector in the DR Congo

22/03/2017 - Press release

Central Africa, DRC, European Union, Great Lakes; Natural Resources

PRESS RELEASE   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...

New legislation on conflict minerals, a missed opportunity for the European Union?

16/03/2017 - Press release

Central Africa, DRC, European Union, Great Lakes; Natural Resources

  Today, the European Parliament will vote on the law on the responsible sourcing of minerals, a regulation aimed at ensuring that revenues from minerals imported into the European Union do not finance infringements of human rights and armed conflicts around the world. Civil society organizations...

PUBLIC CONFERENCE & PHOTO-EXHIBITION 22 March 2017 - 'EU Regulation on responsible mineral sourcing: Towards an improved governance of the artisanal mining sector in the DRC ?'

07/03/2017 - Media Advisory

Central Africa, DRC, European Union, Great Lakes; Natural Resources

                                                                         PUBLIC CONFERENCE & PHOTO EXHIBITION                                                                                                         22 March 2017...

DR Congo: European ministers must decide on new targeted sanctions at next Foreign Affairs Council

28/02/2017 - Press release

DRC, European Union; Democracy & Human Rights

  PRESS RELEASE 28 February 2017   As the European Foreign Affairs Ministers are due to discuss the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the next Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting on 6 March 2017, the European Union (EU) must decide on a second round of targeted sanctions (travel ban and asset...

Processus électoral en RDC : la CENCO s'interroge

08/02/2017 - Press release

Central Africa, DRC, European Union, Great Lakes; Democracy & Human Rights

COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE   La Conférence épiscopale congolaise (CENCO) a pu faire l’état des lieux du suivi de l’Accord du 31 décembre avec ses partenaires. Certains défis demeurent. Mgr Marcel Utembi, Président de la CENCO, l’Abbé Donatien Nshole, premier secrétaire-général adjoint et porte-parole de...

[PRESS CONFERENCE] DR Congo: EurAc & Commission Justice et Paix welcome DRC Bishop Conference's President on 8 Feb 2017 - 10am to 12pm

07/02/2017 - Media Advisory

DRC, European Union; Democracy & Human Rights

MEDIA ADVISORY     This Wednesday 8 February, we are glad to welcome our partners of the CENCO (Conférence Épiscopale Nationale du Congo) of DR Congo, notably Monsignor Marcel Utembi, President of the CENCO, which is currently playing a very active and important role of mediator in the current...

Unrest, arrests and killings in DR Congo: Stop EU support for Congolese police

22/12/2016 - Press release

DRC, European Union; Democracy & Human Rights

  Brussels, 22 December 2016 - After days of political turmoil in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the European Union (EU) must take stronger and more concrete action by stopping its financial support for the police sector, the European network for Central Africa (EurAc) and World...

EU/US: Sanction Senior DR Congo Officials

09/12/2016 - Press release

DRC, European Union; Democracy & Human Rights

Urgent Action Needed to Deter Large-Scale Violence, Repression (Kinshasa, December 9, 2016) – The European Union and United States should expand targeted sanctions against those most responsible for recent violent repression and other serious human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of...

NEW REPORT - Political stalemate and worsening security crisis in the DR Congo: How should the European Union respond

07/12/2016 - Press release

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. The next step is to provide them with action plans, on the one hand...

EU: Conflict Minerals agreement reached as exemptions added

22/11/2016 - Press release

DRC, European Union, Great Lakes; Natural Resources

The European Union (EU) has today taken a positive, but half-hearted, step towards cleaning up Europe’s trade in minerals. EU legislators concluded their negotiations on a new law on so-called ‘conflict minerals’—a Regulation which is meant to ensure that minerals entering the EU do not finance...

European Regulation on the responsible sourcing of minerals: The EU is (once again) about to weaken the upcoming Regulation

10/11/2016 - Press release

Central Africa, European Union, Great Lakes; Natural Resources

The European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) calls on representatives of European Union (EU) 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...

Electoral process in DRC: time for the European Union to decide on targeted sanctions at next Foreign Affairs Council

14/10/2016 - Press release

DRC, European Union; Democracy & Human Rights

The European network for Central Africa (EurAc) urges EU Foreign Affairs ministers to act to prevent further escalation of violence and abuse in the pre-electoral context in the DRC In order to prevent a dangerous increase of violence in DRC after the recent violence that took place in mid-...

DR Congo: Not words, only EU action and targeted sanctions can prevent further escalation of violence

22/09/2016 - Press release

DRC, European Union; Democracy & Human Rights

In order to prevent a dangerous increase of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after two days of political turmoil in Kinshasa, the European Union (EU) must take stronger and more concrete action by applying targeted sanctions - including visa bans and assets freezes - against...

EU political agreement on conflict minerals risks allowing a deadly trade to continue

15/06/2016 - Press release

Burundi, DRC, European Union, Great Lakes, Rwanda; Natural Resources

Despite its rhetoric on responsible business Europe has prioritised profit over people, said civil society organisations after European Union (EU) institutions agreed on a new law intended to tackle the European conflict minerals trade. The extraction and trade of minerals has been linked to...

Table ronde des médias burundais - Déclaration de Bruxelles et Recommendations à la communauté internationale

24/03/2016 - Press release

Burundi, European Union; Peace & Security

En avril et mai 2015, quelques jours seulement auront suffi à éradiquer presque complètement le pluralisme d’un  paysage médiatique burundais reconnu pour son professionnalisme et cité en exemple en Afrique : cinq radios et une télévision indépendantes ont été détruites, près d’une centaine de...

DR Congo: Free ‘Filimbi’ Activists

15/06/2015 - Press release

DRC, European Union; Democracy & Human Rights

Over 200 Rights Groups Urge Respect for Free Expression, Assembly (Kinshasa, June 15, 2015) – Congolese authorities should immediately and unconditionally release two activists who were arrested three months ago, on March 15, 2015, during a prodemocracy youth workshop in the Democratic Republic of...