Africa Now August 3, 2016
Topic: Political Tension in the DRC
Topic and Guest: On July 31 tens of thousands of Congolese peacefully demonstrated on the streets of Kinshasa. The rally was organized to emphasize that the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Joseph Kabila should leave in December when his term expires after the general elections in November. Many in the DRC are worried that President Kabila will try to extended his constitutional mandate; and human rights organizations have expressed concern that the Kabila administration has harassed opposition leaders and civil society activists, and violently clamped down demonstrations. While visiting the DRC in July the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad said “…I am very concerned about reports of increasing harassment of civil society representatives and journalists, as well as the repression of voices which oppose the Government, and the excessive, and sometimes lethal, dispersal of demonstrations. We have documented more than 800 victims of such violations from June 2015 to May 2016, indicating an accelerating trend….” (From "The Political Opposition in The DRC Should Be 'Free' By Adetula David, Ventures Africa, July 22, 2016). Joining Africa Now! to discuss the political tension in the DRC is Mr. Maurice Carney. Mr. Maurice Carney is a co-founder and Executive Director of Friends of the Congo. He has worked with Congolese for over fifteen years in their struggle for peace, justice and human dignity. Mr. Carney appears regularly providing analysis on the Congo on various media outlets such as Al Jazeera, ABC News, Democracy Now! Real News Network, Pambazuka News, All Africa News, and more.
The show also features the trailer from the film THE MAN WHO MENDS WOMEN the DC premiere of this film will be at the African Diaspora International Film Festival Washington, DC on August 21. THE MAN WHO MENDS WOMEN spotlights Dr. Denis Mukwege, internationally known as the man who has assisted thousands of women who have been sexually assaulted during the 20 years of conflicts in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Dir. Thierry Michel and Colette Braeckman, 2015, Belgium/Congo, 113min, Documentary, French, English, Swahili and Mashi with English subt.) (Synopsis from festival)
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