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Congo's Army Vows to Disarm Mai Mai Militias

VOA News - October 22, 2007

Democratic Republic of CongoCongo's armed forces are preparing to mount an offensive against community-based militias in the east, known as the Mai Mai. A high-ranking member of Congo's army says disarming the Mai Mai will take precedent over purging a rebellion by dissident General Laurent Nkunda.
Ban Ki-moon announces slate of new Special Representatives in Africa

UN News - October 19, 2007

Alan DossSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of three Special Representatives and two Deputy Special Representatives to act for him in four African countries trying to recover from prolonged war or insecurity - Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Liberia.
International Court takes second ex-rebel commander into custody over war crimes

IRIN - October 18, 2007

International Criminal CourtA former rebel commander accused of committing atrocities in the Ituri district of northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been flown to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague as part of continuing efforts by the tribunal to tackle the culture of impunity in the volatile country.
DRC Massacre Victims, Families Demand Justice

VOA News - October 18, 2007

On the third anniversary of an army crackdown that killed more than 70 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, families of the victims fear their court case is being blocked by powerful politicians. The army is accused of executing, torturing, and raping civilians. An earlier ruling acquitted all the defendants of war crimes.


Congo Rebels Demand Negotiations

VOA News - October 18, 2007

Laurent NkundaDissident Congolese General Laurent Nkunda and his National Congress for the People's Defense will not surrender or agree to integrate in Congo's national army without formal negotiations, a spokesman says.
Germain Katanga transferred into the custody of the ICC

International Criminal Court - October 18, 2007

Germain KatangaOn 17 October 2007, the Congolese authorities surrendered and transferred Mr Germain Katanga, a Congolese national and alleged commander of the Force de resistance patriotique en Ituri [Patriotic Résistance Force in Ituri] ("FRPI"), to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Mr Katanga, also known as "Simba", is alleged to have committed six war crimes and three crimes against humanity in the territory of Ituri, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("the DRC"). His case arises from the situation in the DRC which has been under investigation by the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC since 1 July 2002.
MONUC: Our preferred option is that combatants enter brassage immediately without conditions

MONUC - October 17, 2007

MONUC conferenceAt the weekly MONUC press conference in Kinshasa on Wednesday 17 October 2007, MONUC force commander General Babacar Gaye reiterated MONUC's mandate, as the DRC government seeks to establish its authority in troubled North Kivu province.
Recruitment of Children into Militias Skyrockets in Congo

VOA News - October 17, 2007

Prospects for children in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are darkening, as fighting continues between forces loyal to dissident General Laurent Nkunda and the Congolese army. Protection workers say forced recruitment of children into armed groups has skyrocketed.


Goma: William Swing and five ambassadors meet president Kabila

MONUC - October 17, 2007

Joseph Kabila meets with ambassadors in Goma on 10.15.2007William Swing, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the DRC and five country ambassadors from the US, France, UK, Belgium and South Africa met DRC President Joseph Kabila in Goma, North Kivu province on Monday 15 October 2007.
Sexual violence - the scourge of the east

IRIN - October 16, 2007

Congo rape victimWomen in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are so familiar with the crude mechanics of sexual violence they have no problem explaining how it works.



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