DRC Overview

Political tension and the persistence of violent conflict in the east of the country continue to severely impair civic space in the DRC. Following the violent crackdown on protests against extending the president’s term in office, civil society organisations remain concerned that further public protests may also be dealt with harshly. Meanwhile, several civil society leaders are in jail and others have gone into hiding or fled abroad. Continuing armed conflict between government forces and rebel groups has resulted in some of the worst human rights abuses in living memory. Civic space is all but closed down in these areas in the east of the country. In other parts of the country, government has actively sought to control dissent by targeting human rights activists, journalists and members of opposition parties.