Since 2009, the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has lost over 5 billion USD to corrupt and opaque mining contracts—a result of international mining companies and their representatives preying on a corrupt and mismanaged government and vulnerable populations. Over the same period, the state’s health, education, security, and legal infrastructures have continued to erode, inflicting massive damage on the Congolese people and regional trade, security, and development.
Against this backdrop, Congolese President Joseph Kabila has held tight to power. On 19 December 2016, Kabila ignored the Congolese Constitution, clinging to the presidency beyond his two-term Constitutional mandate. Recognizing that a peaceful transition of power and an end to mineral trade corruption go hand-in-hand, Stand With Congo has joined the Congolese youth movement in calling for elections and demanding that President Kabila leave office immediately.
Stand With Congo is a global campaign organizing actions and amplifying human stories from the heart of the Congolese peace movement. Launched in the Spring of 2016 to achieve transparency in Congo mining, Stand With Congo has evolved to stand in solidarity with the many leaders throughout Congo working towards peace and development—including human rights leaders, conservationists, and the youth movement.
By sharing the stories of Congolese activists and leaders, Stand With Congo unites people around the globe to promote human rights. The campaign organizes activist constituents in the Democratic Republic of Congo and 16 other countries to push for transparency in the extractive industries; supports Congolese people in calling for a democratic transition of power; and advocates for policy decisions that will bring greater peace and prosperity to all Congolese—not just an elite few.
In 2016 Stand With Congo organized 88 events in 17 countries. Join us and host a Screening 4 Action today!
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