Congo Freedom Alliance is an international pro-democracy think tank. We study and advocate for good governance ideas in the DR Congo such as: effective national and provincial constitutions with national supremacy over essential functions, separation of powers and checks and balances to prevent abuse of power, rule of law, truth, justice, freedoms, individual liberty, equality, human rights, and republic representative government in which supreme power resides among Congolese citizens who choose elected representatives based on honest fair elections absent of corruption. Elected representatives and all other employees of government are responsible to the people and they govern only according to law and are tightly regulated by strong anti-corruption laws that can result in severe punishment.
Congolese want a civilian government of, by and for all the people in the DR Congo, rather than rule by corrupt foreign and domestic civilian and military dictators benefiting only the few. We think about how government can be inclusive of the many Congo voices, rather than the dictatorial personalities past and present who ignore and marginalize the will of the people. We examine how successful countries have adopted more effective restraints to prevent abuse of power. British Lord Acton said: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” (See Federalists Papers
) Thomas Jefferson said: “In questions of powers, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” Of a “good” Constitution.
The goal of we Congolese is to achieve harmony by our government focusing on all issues contributing to our happiness, our safety, and our well-being, as encouraged by UN General Assembly Resolution
65/309 titled “Happiness: towards a holistic approach to development.” 1
To achieve our goals, we Congolese have identified intermediate objectives as identified by OECD’s 11 topics
that are essential to human well-being in terms of “material living conditions” (housing, income, jobs) and “quality of life” (community, education, environment, governance, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance). Congolese want to know that governments and businesses are working together to provide the basic needs of the people.
Congolese want to establish new government organizations to protect the people from internal and external threats so they no longer live in a perpetual state of fear. Congolese want the development of civil and military government agencies where these public servants deliver essential services to all Congolese in a neutral fair efficient and effective manner absent of corruption, and so government is no longer the feared oppressors of the people, but instead they are servants of the people. Government must be reconstructed so it not only can accomplish all the things people need government to do, but also to construct restraints in law that forces government to control itself.
Congo Freedom Alliance welcomes any ideas that contribute to improving the lives of all Congolese - especially for our children, who are the future. Congo Freedom Alliance is a 501 (C)(4) non-profit registered with the Texas Secretary of State – founded by University of Texas Congolese refugee students, who were victims of war, and their faculty advisor. Congo Freedom Alliance represents hope for positive change, and has grown to include the voices of many influential Congolese war refugees around the world and their families and friends still in danger inside the DR Congo.
1. See further details on the United Nations encouraging world governments to adopt policies that lead to happiness http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/ageing/documents/NOTEONHAPPINESSFINALCLEAN.pdf