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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

DR Congo: The EU must maintain restrictive measures against 16 targeted Congolese individuals

05/12/2018 - Press release

DRC, European Union; Inclusive political participation & Human Rights

PRESS RELEASE   The brutal repression of dissent continues in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), raising serious concerns 3 weeks before the 23rd December general elections. As Ambassadors of the European Union (EU) Member States are due to discuss the situation in the DRC Democratic Republic... Read more

Hommage à Joseph Ntamahungiro, collaborateur au sein d’EurAc pendant plusieurs années (in French)

06/11/2018 - Communiqué

European Union, Great Lakes; All thematics

  Nous sommes très affectés par le décès de Joseph Ntamahungiro, survenu le 31 octobre dernier en Belgique. Joseph Ntamahungiro a été collaborateur au sein du Réseau européen pour l’Afrique Centrale (EurAc) pendant plusieurs années. Il a été témoin de la naissance du réseau en 2003 et il a par la... 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

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.

15/05/2018 - Report - (EN/FR)
Burundi, European Union; Inclusive political participation & Human Rights, Peace & Security

In its new report “Authoritarian abuses and covert elimination of dissident voices in Burundi. What role for the European Union?” launched today on the occasion of a press conference organised in Brussels, the European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) firmly urges the European Union (EU) and its member states to take a much stronger position through bold and concrete actions to stop authoritarian abuses and silencing of dissident voices, particularly in the context of the highly contested referendum that is being organised this Thursday 17 May and which has been characterized by brutal and even murderous repression of all critical voices.