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DR Congo new presidency and Universal Periodic Review: urging the EU and its member states to issue strong recommendations on the human rights situation in the country.

25/03/2019 - Press release

DRC, European Union; Inclusive political participation & Human Rights

Press release 25 March 2019 EurAc and the CCPR-Centre regret that the implementation of DR Congo’s commitment during its last Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of 2014 is still not effective, especially regarding the opening of political and civic space. In view of the upcoming UPR, the European... Read more

DR Congo: the EU must support regional positions by urging Congolese authorities to respect the truth of the ballot

18/01/2019 - Press release

DRC, European Union; Inclusive political participation & Human Rights

  Press release 18 January 2019   As the High Representative Federica Mogherini and foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) Member States are due to discuss the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the next Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting on 21 January 2019, the... Read more

PUBLIC CONFERENCE - Peace & Human Rights in the Great Lakes region : what role for the international community, the European Union and France?

06/12/2018 - Event

Burundi, DRC, European Union, Rwanda; Inclusive political participation & Human Rights

Peace & Human Rights in the Great Lakes region: what role for the international community, the European Union and France?   - THURSDAY 06 DECEMBER 2018 - 18.00 - 20.00 Centre Malher - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne   This event is organised by Secours Catholique - Caritas France ( SCCF)... Read more

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 states, 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 different countries of 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 reforms of the security sector (SSR) and the processes of disarmament, demobilisation, repatriation, reintegration and resettlement (DDRRR) of combatants of armed groups, and support for peace processes.

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Political participation and the protection and promotion of civil and political rights and freedoms in the Great Lakes region face many political and security obstacles and tensions, particularly around the electoral cycles.

EurAc develops its expertise and conducts advocacy work urging the EU to enhance its policies in defence 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

25/03/2019 - Policy Brief - (EN)
DRC, European Union; Inclusive political participation & Human Rights

The upcoming cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will take place in a particular context with the coming to power of a new president. This change of head of state should not lead states parties to the DRC’s UPR to minimise the alarming human rights situation in the country. In this Policy Brief, EurAc and the CCPR-Centre urge the European Union and its member states to remind the DRC government of the commitments made during its second cycle of the UPR; especially those regarding the organisation of transparent and credible elections, the respect and promotion of press and media freedom as well as the protection of human rights defenders. The EU should also issue new recommendations and concerns regarding corruption as well as the management of natural resources, which represent a serious threat to the human rights in the country.

06/11/2018 - Policy Brief - (EN)
European Union, Rwanda; Natural Resources

In its latest policy brief “No intensification without participation: European donors must ensure the effective participation of Rwandan farmers in the elaboration of agricultural policy”, the European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) calls on the European Union (EU) and Rwanda’s European development donors to use their policy dialogue with Rwandan policy and decision-makers to ensure the effective participation of Rwandan civil society in the design and implementation of agricultural policies.

05/09/2018 - Open Letter - (EN)
DRC, United Nations; Inclusive political participation & Human Rights

The undersigned Congolese, regional, and international organizations, write to urge your delegation to support the creation of a country-wide human rights monitoring and reporting mechanism on the Democratic Republic of Congo at the upcoming 39th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

05/06/2018 - Open Letter - (EN)
European Union, Rwanda; Inclusive political participation & Human Rights

As the President of Rwanda Mr Paul Kagame was in Brussels to meet with EU and Belgian policy and decision-makers and to give a speech for the opening ceremony of the European Development Days organised by the European Commission, the European network for Central Africa (EurAc) sent an open letter to the President of the European Commission, of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union, as well as to the High Representative of the European Union, to draw their attention to a number of points regarding the general situation of human rights, the rule of law and democracy in Rwanda that is of particular concern.

29/05/2018 - Policy Brief - (EN/FR)
Burundi, European Union; Natural Resources

In its latest policy brief “Agriculture and Food Security in Burundi: European donors must help build the population’s long-term resilience and agricultural capacity” the European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) brings attention to the important fall in food security in the country, and calls on the European Union Directorate for Development Cooperation (DEVCO), the European delegation to Burundi and the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) to directly support the Burundian population in addressing their food security needs.

28/05/2018 - Policy Brief - (EN)
DRC, European Union; Inclusive political participation & Human Rights

As EU member states are due to discuss the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today at the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), the European network for Central Africa (EurAc) wishes to express to EU ministers its deep concern about a human rights, security and humanitarian crisis that shows no signs of abating and share its new policy brief ‘DR Congo: The EU and its member states must stop their ‘wait and see’ approach and act now in a preventive and united manner’ with concrete actions and recommendations for the European Union (EU) and its member states to show a stronger and more concrete commitment to peace, respect for human rights and development in the DRC.