Democratic Republic of Congo (2016 – present) Emergency Response
President Joseph Kabila’s second presidential term is scheduled to end on 19 December 2016. However, the government is citing barriers to holding new elections, which implies an extension of his second term. The subsequent standoff between the Government in Kinshasa and the opposition has led to heightened political tensions throughout the country. In August 2016, Crisis Action mobilised an emergency response in anticipation of the political crisis escalating into violence and further human rights abuses against civilians.
In light of the political deadlock, which many warned could jeopardize the DRC’s fragile peace and stability and result in grave humanitarian consequences throughout the region, Crisis Action is working with partners to prevent massive violence against civilians if elections dates aren’t announced in the near future. To this end, we will seek to increase pressure on all parties, including on the AU facilitator for the national dialogue, to ensure the outcomes of the talks are acceptable to key opposition figures, and that they agree on a revised calendar for elections in 2017.