Africa Now May 13, 2015 Updates on DRC and Haiti

Youth Protest in DRC (Photo Courtesy of Friends of the Congo)

Youth Protest in DRC (Photo Courtesy of Friends of the Congo)

Topics: Updates on DRC Youth Movement and Political Situation in the Country; and Haiti Parliamentary Elections.  Since early this year in January we have seen the visible mobilization of youth for change in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)—the Telema movement.  This mobilization took the form of an uprising against the proposed extension of DRC President Kabila’s term.   This has been met by an increased crackdown of the youth movement in DRC with many arrested and others forced to flee the country.  Today Africa Now! continues to place the spotlight on the youth movement and political situation in the DRC.  Joining Africa Now! today discuss the fate of youth activists and to discuss the wider political situation in the DRC is Mr. Maurice Carney of Friends of the Congo.

In March after repeated postponements since 2011 Haiti set August 9 as the date for Parliamentary elections for the 99 Chamber of Deputies and 30 Senators; followed by the presidential election on October 25.  Since January parliament has been dissolved and President Michel Martelly has been ruling by presidential decree.  Meanwhile yesterday, May 12, French President Francois Hollande paid a state visit to Haiti—the first formal official state visit by a French Head of State to Haiti since its successful fight for freedom from France in 1804.  As all this going on, Haitian victims of cholera which experts say brought into the country by UN peacekeepers in October 2010 continue with their lawsuit against the UN.  To these issues with Africa Now! today is Ms. Nicole Phillips of Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH).

Guests: Mr. Maurice Carney is a co-founder and Executive Director of the 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.  Ms. Nicole Phillips, Esq., is Staff Attorney, at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH).  Ms. Phillips is Assistant Director of Haiti programs and adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, as well as a law professor at the Université de la Foundation Dr. Aristide (UNIFA) in Port-au-Prince.  She serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights Advocates, an NGO with consultative status to the United Nations, and has appeared before various UN bodies and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

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