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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.
Former child soldiers return to their families

ICRC - September 26, 2007

Congo child soldiersThe ongoing peace process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is allowing some fighters to lay down their weapons and begin a peaceful life. The ICRC is helping to demobilize child soldiers so that they can return to their families. Journalist Isabel Coello reports.
Tensions Flare in Eastern Congo Amid Ongoing Clashes

VOA News - September 25, 2007

Congo - Rwanda borderTensions are growing in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, amid ongoing clashes between forces loyal to dissident General Laurent Nkunda and the Congolese army. But a United Nations military spokesman said Tuesday that a ceasefire in the region was still effective.
More displaced in North Kivu as fighting resumes

IRIN - September 25, 2007

CongoMilitary dissidents loyal to renegade army general Laurent Nkunda have resumed fighting in the eastern province of North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, two weeks after a ceasefire was negotiated by the UN Mission in the Congo (MONUC).
Plan to flush LRA out of DRC "Recipe for Impunity"

IWPR - September 25, 2007

Human rights organisations have criticised the recent deal between the Ugandan and Congolese presidents to flush out Lord's Residence Army, LRA, rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.





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