UN rights experts concerned on crackdown on protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Expressing concern over what they called an “unjustified” ban on protests in Kinshasa, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a group of UN human rights experts on Thursday called on the authorities to protect the fundamental rights of … Read More

‘Chilling crackdown’ on opponents of President Kabila in DR Congo

Human rights group Amnesty International says the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) have overseen a systematic crackdown on opponents of President Joseph Kabila’s attempt to stay in power beyond the constitutionally mandated second term. In a … Read More

Congo FM says newly-adopted constitution will boost governance

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  The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Congo, Jean-Claude Gakosso, on Saturday in New York lauded the new constitution adopted by Congolese people in October last year, saying the document will improve and enhance political, economic and social governance … Read More

Millions protected in Africa’s largest-ever emergency yellow fever jabbing campaign

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  Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – A major part of the largest emergency vaccination campaign against yellow fever ever attempted in Africa has been completed, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced, saying more than 7.7 million people were vaccinated … Read More

UN Security Council expresses concern at political restrictions in the DRC

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In the run up to November’s presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN Security Council late Friday in New York expressed concern at recent arrests and detention of members of opposition parties and of the civil … Read More

US imposes targeted sanctions on DR Congo police chief

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Thursday imposed targeted sanctions on Celestin Kanyama, the commander of the DR Congo National Police Force (PNC), for his role in police violence targeted against civilians, including peaceful protesters. A statement by John … Read More

Study says Bayaka “Pygmy” fathers are the best at handling children

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A Research, conducted by non-governmental organization, Survival International (SI), has suggested that ‘Pygmy’ fathers form exceptionally close bonds with their children. The organization is celebrating the extraordinarily close parenting of rainforest tribes in central Africa, including some “Pygmy” tribes where … Read More

Congo: Congolese President’s 3rd term scheming worries US

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Washington, DC, US (PANA) – The US has expressed concern at the plan by Congolese President Denis Sassou N’Guesso to amend his country’s constitution to allow him to run for a third term. Ahead of next year’s presidential elections, the … Read More

‘Presidency for life is over in Africa’

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[Paris, France (PANA) – The establishment of a civilian transition in Burkina Faso with the appointment of diplomat Michel Kafando as leader of the country should warn African leaders against the tendency of “president for life”. It also puts an … Read More

Congo: Congo, Cameroon to jointly exploit iron ore in their border

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Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Cameroon and Congo are considering a join exploitation of the iron deposits discovered at the border between the two countries, the Cameroonian minister of Mines, Louis-Paul Motaze, said Monday at the end of an audience with … Read More

Congo: Opposition to fight Nguesso’s 3rd-term presidential bid

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Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Opposition parties in Congo established a platform, called “the citizen’s movement for the respect of rule of law”, with which they will fight against any amendment to the 2002 constitution which will enable President Denis Sassou Nguesso … Read More

Congo: Congo’s trade with China increases sharply

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Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – China’s Ambassador in Congo Guan Jian has said the volume of trade between his country and Congo reached US$5.870 billion between January and November 2013, compared to US$290 million in 2002. The Ambassador disclosed the figures … Read More

Congo begins free medical, surgical assistance for poor, vulnerable groups

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Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – A medical and surgical assistance project for the vulnerable and poor people has begun in Pointe-Noire, Congo’s main economic centre, in the south of the country, the Congolese ministry of Health and Population, said on Tuesday … Read More

Congo: ‘Households spend ¾ of their income on health’

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Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Hospital care and medicines account for three quarters of the health expenditures from the income of the average Congolese, a situation that increases the poverty rate, the Director of health information and research, Richard Bilekot, disclosed … Read More

Congo: Blockade of illegal wood export pays off in Congo

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Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The blockade of illegal export of wood from its shores has paid off in Congo, with the government realizing 6,662 billion FCFA at the end of November last year as taxes from forestry, according to an … Read More

Togo’s President visits Congo

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Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe with the Obamas; Photo: Lawrence Jackson PANA Brazzaville, Congo – Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe Sunday arrived in the Congolese city of Oyo for an three-day official visit to the Central African country, the Congolese radio reported. … Read More

Polish businessmen in Congo to develop economic ties

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Basile Ikouebe, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Congo – Photo: UN PANA Brazzaville, Congo – A delegation of 18 Polish businessmen arrived in Brazzaville Wednesday to develop economic ties with Congo, the Congolese Ministry of Foreign … Read More

African health ministers agree measures to address women’s health, HIV, others

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Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General By PANA Brazzaville, Congo – With 44% of deaths among women worldwide occurring in the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region, African Health Ministers have agreed on measures aimed at addressing the issue as well as HIV, … Read More

Photo of the Moment: Cecile Kyenge

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Cecile Kyenge of Congolese descent is Italy’s first black minister   Photo Credit: AFP