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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.
Congo Rebels Brace for More Fighting Following Deadline Extension

VOA News - October 16, 2007

Forces loyal to dissident Congolese General Laurent Nkunda will not integrate in Congo 's national army, despite the extension of an October 15 deadline, a rebel spokesman said Tuesday. Noel King has more in this report from Kigali.


Fighting Cripples Humanitarian Aid in War-Torn Eastern Congo

VOA News - October 16, 2007

Humanitarian officials warn a crisis in eastern Congo's war-torn North Kivu Province is deepening with each passing day. A new eruption of fighting between rebels and the Congolese army has sent thousands of civilians streaming over mountain roads for the relative safety of the capital city, Goma.


Should Lubanga Face Trial in DRC?

IWPR - October 16, 2007

Thomas LubangaHis trial hasn't yet begun, but it is already possible that the International Criminal Court's sole detainee will return to the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, for at least part of the proceedings.
Ituri: DDR phase III process officially ends

MONUC - October 16, 2007

Ituri - CongoThe Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) phase III pilot project which began in Ituri district on 4 August 2007, officially ended on Monday 15 October 2007 in Bunia. The DRC Minister for Social Affairs who chaired the ceremony gave an additional 72 hours deadline extension for combatants still in the bush to disarm, and launched the community reconstruction project for Ituri.
Eastern Congo Braces for More Fighting

VOA News - October 15, 2007

Congo-Kinshasa - Goma - SakeThe situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is reported to be tense as a government deadline for rebel fighters to join the army draws near.President Joseph Kabila has given fighters loyal to renegade General Laurent Nkunda until the end of Monday to lay down their weapons. Rebels and foreign observers have said they expect the army to attack soon after the deadline.



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