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Ebola in DRC: Nearing control of the outbreak, but vigilance still required

MSF - October 1, 2007

Kasai OccidentalMédecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has seen a decrease in the number of admissions in its isolation unit in Kampungu, a village of 9,000 inhabitants which is the epicentre of the outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Many thousands flee more fighting in eastern DR Congo, UN reports

UN News - October 1, 2007

Kivu - Congo - IDPsFresh fighting between Government forces, renegade troops and rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has uprooted yet more people, with new waves in the coming days expected to add to the over 100,000 who have already fled the latest conflict, United Nations agencies said today as they mobilized to face the crisis.
Review of Congo mining contracts marred by lack of transparency

Global Witness - October 1, 2007

Gecamines - KatangaThe integrity of a governmental review of mining contracts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is being undermined by a lack of transparency and pressure to rush through the process as fast as possible, Global Witness said in a new briefing published today. Global Witness is calling on the government to publish the contracts, as well as the criteria for their evaluation, and to extend the period available for the review.
Army calls on rebels to integrate

IRIN - September 29, 2007

Laurent NkundaThe Congolese army has launched an appeal for militias loyal to renegade army general Laurent Nkunda, as well as other combatants and armed groups in the eastern province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to be integrated into the army or be demobilised.
Eastern Congo Still Waiting on Kabila to Deliver on Promise to Bring Peace to the Region

Congo News Agency - September 29, 2007

CongoSince Joseph Kabila's inauguration last December as the first democratically elected president since independence, there has been no improvement on the security front in the eastern provinces. Much to the dismay of the residents of North and South Kivu, who voted massively for Joseph Kabila, he has been unable to deliver on his election promise to bring lasting peace to the region. The security situation in eastern Congo has worsened since the elections and people are calling on the government to do more to stop the militias operating in the region.
The international community is interested in transitional justice in the DRC

MONUC - September 28, 2007

Roberto GarretonRoberto Garreton, consultant for the International Centre for Transitional Justice and former official of the United Nations, is in Kinshasa to evaluate the possibility of establishing a truth and reconciliation commission in the DRC, after years of war. This commission should shine a light on people responsible for war atrocities.
ICC to determine Lubanga trial date on 1 October

MONUC - September 28, 2007

Thomas LubangaThe International Criminal Court (ICC) fixed an agenda for a hearing on Monday 1 October 2007 for the Thomas Lubanga case, when the earliest start date for the trial and other important issues relating to the case will be decided. Mr. Lubanga is charged by the ICC with war crimes including the enlisting and conscription of children under the age of 15.
UN support needed to deal with armed groups in DR Congo, Kabila tells General Assembly

UN News - September 27, 2007

Joseph KabilaThe Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is determined to stabilize the country's troubled North Kivu region, its President said today, seeking United Nations support in this effort.
Military Court Trials Worry Rights Activists

IWPR - September 27, 2007

Serge MahesheAt the Kisangani military court in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the day's work begins long before any lawyers or accused arrive. The courtroom - where judges hear cases both mundane and involving the most serious war crimes - is devoid of furniture. The judge's assistants must carry in a desk to serve as the bench and pews from the nearby Catholic church to seat spectators.
Rare Gorilla Found Dead in Congo Sting

VOA News - September 26, 2007

Congo GorillaA female mountain gorilla has been found dead in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga National Park, bringing the death toll of the rare animals to 10 so far this year, wildlife groups said Wednesday.



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