Dem senators call for sanctions on Congo
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Democratic senators are calling on the Obama administration to place sanctions on the Democratic Republic of Congo for human rights violations.
 
Senate Democratic Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinThe Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders surge triggers Dem angst As many as eight GOP senators expected to vote to curb Trump's power to attack Iran MORE (Ill.) and Sens. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyLawmakers wary as US on cusp of initial deal with Taliban Democratic senators ask FDA to ban device used to shock disabled students Senators to meet with Zelensky after impeachment trial MORE (D-Conn.) and Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyMassachusetts Democrats question deployment of Border Patrol teams to sanctuary cities Overnight Energy: Controversial Trump adviser reportedly returning to EPA | Delta aims to be first carbon neutral airline | Dem senator gives EPA D-minus on 'forever chemicals' Senate Dems blast Barr for 'clear violation' of duty in Stone case, urge him to resign MORE (D-Mass.), two members of the Foreign Relations committee, introduced a resolution this week calling on Congo’s government to “fulfill its constitutional mandate for a democratic transition of power,” Reuters reported.
 
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The lawmakers want to suspend visas and freeze assets until President Joseph Kabila agrees to a peaceful transition.
 
Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeMcSally launches 2020 campaign Sinema will vote to convict Trump Senate drama surrounding Trump trial starts to fizzle MORE (R-Ariz.), also on the Foreign Relations panel, told Reuters that the effort would likely win Republican support.
 
“Hopefully we’re together on this,” Flake, chairman of the Africa and Global Health Policy subcommittee, said. “I think we will be. We just want to make sure that whatever we do, pushes in the right direction.”
 
Kabila is term-limited after serving two terms, but critics say he wants to delay a November election in order to hang onto power, sparking violent protests.
 
Opponents held a massive rally in Kinshasa, the nation’s capital, last week that devolved into a clash between stone-throwing protesters and security forces, who fired tear gas on the crowd.
 
An angry protest in Goma, a city in the east, resulted in the death of one protester and one police officer, according to Al Jazeera.