- Tuesday, 03 February 2015
APPG Great Lakes Vice-Chair Jeremy Corbyn MP tabled on 3 February 2015 an Early Day Motion expressing deep concern about the arrest of Bob Rugurika.
Mr Rugurika, a Burundian journalist and director of the Radio Publique Africaine, was charged with complicity in murder, on the basis of a series of interview he led on the killing of three nuns in September 2014. Signatory Members also expressed concerns over charges pressed in May 2014 against prominent human rights defender Pierre Claver Mbonimpa because of allegations he made on the training and arming of youth militias.
- Wednesday, 07 January 2015
APPG Great Lakes Vice-Chair Jeremy Corbyn chaired a roundtable meeting on 7 January 2015 to discuss the findings of a report on aid assistance to DRC.
The report released by Mercy Corps and World Vision, analysing the limited impact that humanitarian assistance provided in eastern DRC has had so far and ways to address this failure.
Mark Dwyer (Mercy Corps’ Country Director for DRC) and Solenne Delga (Senior Manager for the organisation’s Emergency Programmes in Goma, the capital of eastern province North-Kivu) identified gaps in knowledge and resources which prevent success, and detailed the design and implementation of adequate and efficient responses.
- Tuesday, 16 December 2014
On 16 December 2014, the APPG Great Lakes co-chaired a meeting with the All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group on addressing sexual violence in DRC.
Seeds of Hope, a documentary which follows the story of Masika Katsuva, a Congolese woman who sacrifices her safety every day to help a community of rape victims try to rebuild their lives, was followed by a short presentations by its award-winning filmmaker Fiona Lloyd-Davies, and a contribution from Beini Ye, Post- Conflict Legal Advisor at REDRESS. Beini Ye discussed the impact of the UK’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) and insisted on the need to deepen security sector reform in DRC, especially in terms of establishing vetting mechanisms in the army.
The APPG Great Lakes co-hosts a meeting on the security and political situation in the Central African Republic
- Monday, 15 December 2014
The APPG, along with the APPGs on Africa, on International Freedom of Religion or Belief and for the Prevention of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity, co-hosted a panel event chaired by Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale, chair of the APPG Great Lakes, with United Nations Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) Diane Corner and co-founder and CEO of the Aegis Trust and President of the UK Holocaust Centre, Dr James Smith CBE on 15 December 2014.
Diane Corner discussed progress achieved and challenges remaining for the international presence in CAR, and insisted on the necessity for the international community, including the UK Government, to increase their support to MINUSCA, while Dr Smith noted the importance of developing inter-religious peacebuilding projects.
- Thursday, 17 July 2014
The APPG Great Lakes and the Africa APPG co-hosted a meeting on the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with Lynne Featherstone MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, on 17th July 2014.
The Minister discussed the humanitarian situation in both countries, DFID’s programmes and the challenges in addressing the multiple issues faced by CAR and DRC. She pledged to look into the possibility for DFID to fund inter-religious peacebuilding projects in CAR.
- Friday, 06 December 2013