DR Congo
  • Central warehouse of DRC's Electoral Commission gutted by fire
    13 december 2018 14:15:09
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Fire on Thursday gutted one of the central warehouses of DR Congo's Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in Gombe commune, Kinshasa, the CENI rapporteur, Jean-Pierre Kalamba Mulumba N'galula, said in a statement. Full text...
  • EU extends targeted sanctions against 15 persons close to DRC President Kabila
    11 december 2018 12:04:58
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has decided to extend targeted sanctions imposed against 15 persons close to the president of DR Congo, Joseph Kabila, according to a statement of the Council of Member States sent on Monday to the press.Full text...
  • EU extends sanctions against DRC for one year
    10 december 2018 16:31:51
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Council on Monday extended restrictive measures currently in place against the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) until 12 December 2019, according to an official announcement made available to PANA in Brussels. Full text...
  • Human Rights organisations, partners want EU to maintain sanctions against 16 Congolese officials
    08 december 2018 14:57:06
    Paris, France (PANA) - The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and Congolese partner organisations have called on the European Union (EU) to maintain the individual sanctions against 16 high-ranking Congolese officials, believing that weeks before the 23 December polls, the brutal repression of dissenting voices is still continuing. Full text...
  • 2018 CAF Conf. Cup: Raja Casablanca win cup despite 3-1 loss to AS Vita Club in second-leg final match
    03 december 2018 04:25:38
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Raja Casablanca of Morocco on Sunday won the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup despite a 3-1 loss to AS Vita Club of DR Congo in the second-leg final match played at the Stade des Martyrs in Kinshasa. Full text...
  • No EU election observation mission in DR Congo
    28 november 2018 17:46:03
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union will not deploy an electoral observation mission to Democratic Republic of Congo for the presidential election scheduled on December 23, following the Congolese authorities' refusal to allow EU observers to go there, according to a press statement from the European Commission on Wednesday. Full text...
  • Belgium willing to return DR Congo art objects of its heritage
    27 november 2018 17:14:27
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Belgium is willing to return to DR Congo ancient art objects exhibited at the Royal Museum of Tervuren, provided the request to that effect comes from the Congolese authorities, according to Guido Gryseels, director of the museum where thousands of Congolese cultural property seized during the colonial era by the Belgian administration, are kept. Full text...
  • DR Congo opposition leaders enter power-sharing agreement
    24 november 2018 10:36:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The main opposition party candidates in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have signed a pre-election power-sharing agreement, which is expected to help create a formidable front against the ruling party candidate, analysts said on Saturday.Full text...
  • UN human rights office reports 71 violations in DRC in October
    23 november 2018 18:49:23
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) documented 71 violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in October 2018, in connection with the democratic space across the Democratic Republic of Congo, the office reported on Friday. Full text...
  • Campaign for DRC elections starts on Thursday
    22 november 2018 10:02:25
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA ) - Campaign for the presidential, legislative and provincial elections sheduled for 23 December in the Democratic Republic of Congo officially starts at midnight on Thursday, the president of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), Corneille Nangaa-Yobeluo, announced on Wednesday. Full text...
  • DR Congo hold hosts Rwanda 0-0 in 2019 U23 AFCON qualifier
    14 november 2018 17:04:06
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's Wasps and visiting Leopards of DR Congo settled for a goalless draw in a 2019 U23 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier played at Rubavu Stadium, northwestern Rwanda, on Wednesday. Full text...
  • 2019 Africa U-23 Qualifiers: Rwanda coach names squad against DR Congo
    30 october 2018 14:36:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's coach for the Under-23 national football team, Jimmy Mulisa, on Tuesday released a provisional list of 31 players for the qualifiers of the 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations against Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) scheduled to be played next month in Rubavu, northwestern Rwanda. Full text...
  • Rwanda conducts simulation exercise for Ebola prevention
    25 october 2018 18:16:27
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's health personnel at the Military Hospital in Kanombe, a suburb of Kigali city, conducted a simulation exercise on Thursday as part of preparations to prevent and manage suspected cases of Ebola virus. Full text...
  • Angola 'ready to clarify expulsion' of DR Congo nationals
    19 october 2018 11:10:06
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The ambassador of Angola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), José Joâo Manvuel, has said his government is willing to clarify the expulsion of DR Congo nationals from his country as demanded by Angola. Full text...
  • MONUSCO committed to logistic support for DRC electoral process
    17 october 2018 16:33:10
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The special representative of the UN Secretary General in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mrs Leila Zerrougui, has reaffirmed her organisation's willingness to take logistic support, in accordance with the mandate of the Security Counci, for the 23 December 2018 elections in the country. Full text...
  • DRC govt. protests forceful expulsion of its nationals from Angola
    17 october 2018 13:19:10
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in accordance with diplomatic rules, has protested against the massive expulsion of its nationals from Angola, despite an agreement signed to the contrary, according to a communiqué issued by the DRC Minister of Communication and Media, Lambert Mende Omalanga. Full text...
  • Pierre Kompagny, Belgian of Congolese origin, elected mayor of Ganshoren in Belgium
    15 october 2018 14:11:31
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Pierre Kompagny, father of Vincent Kompagny, the best player in the Belgian national football team, the Red Devils, was elected mayor of the commune of Ganshoren (25,000 inhabitants) in Brussels during Sunday's local elections in Belgium.Full text...
  • South African newsletter claims DRC, Tanzania taking extreme resource nationalist measures
    11 october 2018 10:35:27
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Resource nationalist measures being implemented in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Tanzania are significantly more extreme than those being adopted and even considered in most other African countries, according to a mines-focused South African newsletter. Full text...
  • Dr Mukwege's Nobel Peace Prize crowns years of treating survivors of sexual violence in war situation
    05 october 2018 10:27:05
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Dr. Denis Mukengere Mukwege, a surgeon, gynecologist and women’s rights activist, who was awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday with Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist, was born on 1 March 1955.Full text...
  • Ebola-hit DRC faces ‘perfect storm’ as uptick in violence halts WHO operation
    25 september 2018 19:25:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A "perfect storm" of active conflict and traumatized communities in Ebola-affected areas of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could enable the deadly disease to spread, but there are “no plans” to pull UN workers out of the country despite concerns for their security, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Full text...
  • Aid work suspended due to deadly attack in DR Congo
    25 september 2018 07:19:33
    Beni, DR Congo (PANA) - Humanitarian charity, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), suspended all its activities in the north-eastern city of Beni and surrounding areas Monday, as a result of an armed group attack on Saturday. Full text...
  • Ebola control in Butembo: Africa CDC supports local Coordination Prevention Commission
    21 september 2018 14:11:40
    Butembo, DR Congo (PANA) - In order to support the Congolese Government's efforts in response to the 10th Ebola epidemic, the African Union (AU), through the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), is contributing to this effort by providing professionals with proven skills who are actively involved in the control and eradication of the Ebola Virus Disease in Butembo city. Full text...
  • DRC wins praise over planned exploitation of cobalt for electric car plants
    20 september 2018 18:11:07
    N’Djamena, Chad (PANA) - UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) officials have lauded the Democratic Republic of Congo' s (DRC) plans to establish industrial parks to attract makers of car batteries and fabricators of electric cars.Full text...
  • New cases of deadly Ebola virus in DR Congo, as UN steps up response
    15 september 2018 06:05:52
    Butembo, DR Congo (PANA) - In eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), the UN has stepped up community-based efforts to tackle Ebola disease, following confirmation that the virus has reached the city of Butembo, near the Ugandan border, where it has claimed three lives. Full text...
  • UN Chief for Human Rights warns DRC authorities on suppression of peaceful protests
    07 september 2018 17:07:05
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday expressed deep concern about the unending violent suppression of peaceful protests by civil society organizations and opposition political parties ahead of the electoral campaign in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...
  • WB debars Slovenian firm engaged in corrupt practices in DRC
    22 august 2018 17:15:33
    Washington, US (PANA) - The World Bank on Wednesday announced the 18-month debarment of Flycom d.o.o. (Flycom), a Slovenian provider of infrastructure services that engaged in corrupt practices under the Southern Africa Power Market Project (SAPMP) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...
  • Child victims of DRC Ebola outbreak need ‘special attention and care’ - UNICEF
    18 august 2018 06:05:21
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - An ongoing deadly Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) has particularly affected children, the UN’s children agency, UNICEF, said on Friday. Full text...
  • Medical charity opens Ebola treatment centre in DR Congo's North Kivu region
    17 august 2018 07:44:13
    Mangina, DR Congo (PANA) - Taking a new step in its response to the current Ebola outbreak in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a treatment centre on 14 August in Mangina, a small town considered to be the epicentre of the outbreak. Full text...
  • Conflict zones could constitute ‘hiding places’ for Ebola virus – WHO chief
    14 august 2018 19:57:14
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Following a two-day mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday repeated his call for warring parties in conflict-riven North Kivu to stop fighting, and allow health teams access to areas affected by the recent Ebola outbreak in the region. Full text...
  • UNICEF mobilises communication specialists to support Ebola vaccination campaign in DRC
    13 august 2018 06:44:37
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – Following the launch of the vaccination campaign against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on 8 August, UNICEF has mobilized communication specialists to inform and engage communities affected by the disease as the vaccination campaign is being rolled-out. Full text...
  • Free, secure access needed in DR Congo conflict zone to tackle Ebola – WHO
    13 august 2018 06:30:37
    Beni, DR Congo (PANA) - After seeing first-hand the complexities of the Ebola response in the conflict-affected region of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for “free and secure” access to the disease-affected people. Full text...
  • UN chief welcomes DR Congo President’s promise to stand down
    10 august 2018 20:21:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General has commended the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila’s decision on Thursday, not to stand in elections scheduled to take place on 23 December. Full text...
  • Specialist Red Cross Ebola team arrives in North Kivu
    10 august 2018 09:49:07
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – A team of Red Cross experts has arrived in the town of Beni, close to the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to a statement from the medical charity. Full text...
  • Ebola vaccination begins in North Kivu - WHO
    09 august 2018 16:36:48
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Ministry of Public Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday announced the launch of Ebola vaccinations for high risk populations in North Kivu province. Full text...
  • Rights group hails President Kabila’s decision not to contest election
    09 august 2018 06:24:06
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has welcomed the news that the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, will not be a candidate in the 23 December election and said it should be followed by concrete human rights steps. Full text...
  • Specialist Red Cross team arrives in North Kivu to combat Ebola
    07 august 2018 16:13:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A team of Red Cross experts has arrived in the town of Beni, close to the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu in eastern DR Congo,,the humanitarian organization said in a press releaseTuesday. Full text...
  • AUC pledges support to DR Congo's electoral process
    06 august 2018 12:54:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - "Guided by the relevant instruments, including the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, the African Union will spare no efforts to help mobilize the necessary technical and logistical support for the successful organization of the DR Congo elections, scheduled for December 2018." Full text...
  • 'Conflict in new Ebola zone of DR Congo exacerbates complexity of response'
    05 august 2018 03:26:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Protecting vulnerable people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from the latest Ebola Virus outbreak is going to be “very, very complex”, given the huge logistical challenges and ongoing conflict there, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. Full text...
  • DR Congo ebola outbreak compounds dire humanitarian crisis - NRC
    03 august 2018 14:06:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A new Ebola outbreak in DR Congo's conflict zone, North Kivu, whose residents have been massively displaced, is a toxic cocktail that will exacerbate the virus and have fatal consequences, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) warned on Friday.Full text...
  • New cluster of Ebola cases announced in DR Congo, says WHO
    02 august 2018 04:26:40
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced on Wednesday that preliminary laboratory results indicate a new cluster of cases of the deadly Ebola virus in North Kivu province, the UN health agency said. Full text...
  • UN envoy calls for ‘a level playing field’ in key upcoming DR Congo elections
    27 july 2018 06:04:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Major progress has been made on preparations for the upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but “conditions for a level playing field are not yet in place”, says the most senior United Nations official based in the country. Full text...
  • UNICEF raises US$10 million for 9th Ebola epidemic
    26 july 2018 20:41:09
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The UN Childrens' Fund (UNICEF) said it raised more than US$10 million, including funds from several donors, to respond to the 9th Ebola epidemic, which broke out two months ago in North-West Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a communiqué obtained Thursday by PANA.Full text...
  • Controversial DR Congo politician Bemba to return home next week
    25 july 2018 11:53:22
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Controversial DR Congo politician Jean-Pierre Bemba has announced that he will return home on 1 August. Full text...
  • WHO declares DR Congo Ebola outbreak over
    24 july 2018 19:30:06
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Ebola virus outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) has been declared over, thanks to a concerted national and international effort to contain the threat, the UN’s top health official said on Tuesday. Full text...
  • Villages ‘reduced to ash’ amid ‘barbaric violence’ in DR Congo - UNHCR
    14 july 2018 06:06:02
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Humanitarian needs are enormous in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has reported accounts of “barbaric violence”. Full text...
  • DR Congo’s President Kabila 'snubs' UN, AU chiefs, rights group says
    10 july 2018 20:30:46
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Joseph Kabila has abruptly cancelled a meeting planned for this week with the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the African Union Chair Moussa Faki, a human rights group said on Tuesday. Full text...
  • WFP welcomes USAID contribution to restore full rations to refugees in Rwanda
    06 july 2018 12:27:14
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$6.5 million contribution from the US as a move to restore full food rations to DR Congo and Burundian refugees in Rwanda.Full text...
  • UN Secretary General to visit DR Congo
    05 july 2018 12:01:23
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres is to visit Democratic Republic of Congo in the near future where a standoff between the country's long-term president Joseph Kabila and opposition has been tearing the country apart, creating instability, insecurity and humanitarian crisis.Full text...
  • UN experts warn of ‘crimes against humanity,’ and risk of new ethnic violence in DR Congo
    27 june 2018 05:24:52
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Defence and security forces along with the Kamuina Nsapu and Bana Mura militias have committed “crimes against humanity and war crimes” in the of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasai region, United Nations experts said on Tuesday following an investigation. Full text...
  • Rights group warns elections in DR Congo overshadowed by human rights concerns
    23 june 2018 10:11:40
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, has urged the government of DR Congo to ensure that everyone can exercise their freedom of expression and association as the country prepares for the long-awaited December elections. Full text...

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