Doubts over DRC commitment to dialogueFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THERE is serious concern over government’s commitment to the recently-launched national dialogue in the Democratic Republic of Congo where a spike in human rights violations continues.
Last week, the government of President Joseph Kabila, ironically fingered in the violations, proposed as a necessary step to re-launch the electoral process.
The dialogue began last week with the hope of easing tensions between Kabila’s administration and opposition parties accusing him of attempting to violate the Constitution and extend his term beyond November when elections are due.
The former military man, at the helm of the central African country since 2001 after the assassination of his father, Laurent, argues the atmosphere is not conducive for polls.
This has sparked unrest.
State forces have reacted brutally to protests.
Stéphane Dion, Canada Minister of Foreign Affairs, expressed concern these continued despite the dialogue.
““Despite the launch of the national dialogue, Canada is concerned by the ongoing political impasse in the DRC, by the country’s noticeably shrinking democratic space and by regular reports of serious human rights violations,”
– CAJ News
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