Another year of political deadlock
The year began on a hopeful note in DRC, as political actors agreed on scheduling long-overdue elections in 2017. Unfortunately, those pledges fizzled out and the country remained entrenched in a deep political crisis.
In several regions, a degradation of the security situation resulted in civil casualties, perpetrated by both militiamen and State officials. The final months of 2017 were particularly brutal, as security forces cracked down on citizens demonstrating against the constitutional deadlock.