Congo Freedom Alliance (CFA) is a
humanitarian pro-democracy 501 C 4
not for profit tax exempt social
welfare corporation registered with
the United States Internal Revenue
Service and the Texas Secretary of State.
As such, we have greater abilities to
advocate for legislation to solve human
rights problems, than do 501 C 3 charities,
like Human Rights Watch.
We are a think tank founded by
University of Texas Congolese war
refugee students and their political
science faculty advisor. It engages
in international community service to
aid in solving problems for Congolese,
which will benefit not only them, but
also the entire African continent and
the world that is and has been expending
extraordinary human and financial resources
since the 1960s dealing with Africa Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC) problems.
We research, study, proposes solutions,
write position papers on DRC good governance
ideas, make them available to the public,
provide public lectures, and advocate policy
utilizing First Amendment rights before government
decision making bodies on topics such as:
Best society democracy practices,
Society and individual freedoms, liberty, equality, and human rights. See http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/ and https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/bill-of-rights
Effective national, state and local constitutions. 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.
Efficient and effective separation of powers
and checks and balances among legislative, judicial
and executive branches of government in such a way to
provide for the needs of the people, protect the State,
and prevent abuse of power. 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 Federalist Papers # 51 on
government checks and balances
How create structure and law best to ensure honest fair elections whose results are respected by society?
How establish rule of just law, and a professional civil service criminal justice and court system, and a professional legal system to protect the rights of the people and bring violators to justice?
How provide a framework for conflict resolution as
DR Congo rated among 10 least peaceful places on earth,
which includes truth and reconciliation conventions,
and encouraging legislation that will contribute to peace
and stability such as stopping illegal dealing in conflict
minerals that fuels violence and instability?
How control and prevent corruption, which is destructive to society,
by joining international partnerships discouraging it? The DRC, among
196 countries, is clustered among a group of 19 of the most corrupt governments
on earth. How could real reform, real democracy and real human rights change have
a chance against this rigged authoritarian system? Consider all prior corrupt
fraudulent elections, even as recent as 2011, when even under international supervision
the elections were condemned as rigged. What would be different in any future election?
Note, Denmark is ranked the least corrupt and the USA ranked as among top 15 least corrupt.
The Congo can do much better. Also see http://www.oecd.org/daf/anti-bribery/ConvCombatBribery_ENG.pdf and
see https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/treaties/CAC/ 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. Congo Freedom Alliance studies how government can be inclusive of all Congo voices, rather than the lone dictatorial personalities
past and present who ignore and marginalize the will of the people.
How create a professional well trained professional
government civil and military service that services
society rather than autocratic dictators and corrupt
allies? 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.
How solve society problems such as nonexistent or
inadequate infrastructure, unsafe drinking water,
extreme poverty, starvation and extreme malnutrition,
unemployment, inadequate health care, inadequate education,
inadequate transportation, inadequate electricity,
inadequate conflict resolution and tribalism, inadequate
State security and public safety, and an inadequate free
market economy. Congolese want to know that governments
and businesses are working together to provide the basic
needs of the people. Congolese want to encourage new
institutions to protect society from external and internal
threats, so they no longer live in a perpetual state of fear.
Congo Freedom Alliance seeks to evolve with a
consensus of best ideas and needed resources
to provide charity that actually solves society
problems. The goal is to achieve society harmony
by encouraging all policies contributing to Congolese
happiness, safety, and wellbeing. Congo Freedom Alliance
seeks to encourage society policies that furthers
achieving UN General Assembly Resolution 65/309 titled
“Happiness: towards a holistic approach to development.”
For text of the United Nations Resolution 65/309 see
and see further details on the United Nations encouraging
world governments to adopt policies that lead to happiness
Congo Freedom Alliance encourages government policies
best for society as identified by 35 developed democratic
nations (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development)
that includes 11 topics identified as essential to human
well-being, such as “material living conditions” (housing,
income, jobs) and “quality of life” (community, education,
environment, governance, health, life satisfaction, safety
and work-life balance). For details on OECD topics essential
to human well-being.
United Nations peacekeeping
troops have been in Congo
for 22 years from 1960 to 2017.
Today, 125 nations contribute to maintaining
some 22,590 personnel in DR Congo. The United
Nations peacekeeping mission in the DR Congo
is very expensive. The one year UN cost to June
2017 in Congo is $1,235,723,100 billion US dollars.
The USA contributes 28.3626% of that amount; thus
the USA contributes $350,483,199.9606 million US
dollars for just this one year.
Thus the USA alone since the 1960s has contributed billions that if had not been needed, could have been used at home for USA problems. The DR Congo peacekeeping mission is the single largest contribution of UN resources anywhere in the world. Very costly. This adds up to a large amount of scarce financial and human resources over decades tied up there that could be used elsewhere, if solutions were found to the Congo problem. It is Congo Freedom Alliance’s purpose is to be part of the solution so the DRC is no longer a drain on African continent and world resources.
Congo Freedom Alliance welcomes any ideas that contribute to improving the lives of all Congolese - especially for the children, who are the future.