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Surge in gorilla killings in DR Congo sparks concern from UN official

UN News - August 1, 2007

Congo gorilla in Virunga National ParkThe head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sounded the alarm today over the fate of mountain gorillas living in a national park in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after another four were found slaughtered late last month.
'Pendulum displacement' in the Kivus

IRIN - August 1, 2007

Janet Furaha - IDPJanet Furaha fled the violence in her home area of Kaniola in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) South Kivu province in May to live with relatives in Walungu, but she has often returned to tend her farm.
Government seeks help for 75,000 IDPs

IRIN - July 31, 2007

Congo internal refugeeThe Democratic Republic of Congo's Humanitarian Affairs Minister Jean-Claude Muyambo has said there were 75,000 homeless people in the two biggest cities, adding to a growing number of internally displaced people (IDPs) countrywide.
Conviction of Government soldiers in DR Congo welcomed by UN mission

UN News - July 30, 2007

The United Nations peacekeeping mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today welcomed the conviction by a Congolese court of nine Government soldiers for killing 31 unarmed civilians last year.


UN Accuses DRC of Excessive Force in Quashing Protests

VOA News - July 28, 2007

Louise ArbourA report Friday by the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights accuses the Democratic Republic of Congo of using excessive force in putting down protests in the Bas-Congo province early this year. More than 100 people were reportedly killed during the clashes.
UN report deplores excessive use of deadly force, impunity in poll clashes

UN News - July 27, 2007

Bunda Dia Kongo violence in Bas-Congo provinceWhile both the security forces and protestors claiming electoral fraud shared responsibility for deadly violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) earlier this year, the high death toll pointed to an excessive use of lethal force by the army and police, who are now enjoying impunity, the United Nations reported today.
South Kivu: 4,500 sexual violence cases in the first six months of this year alone

MONUC - July 27, 2007

Yakin ErtürkAccording to Prof. Yakin Erturk, Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Violence against Women "the situation in the Kivus is the worst crisis I have encountered so far." Professor Erturk denounced this situation during the conference in Kinshasa on 27 July 2007.
Four Rare Gorillas Killed in Congo, Another Feared Dead

VOA News - July 26, 2007

Congo gorilla in Virunga National ParkFour rare mountain gorillas have been killed after gunmen crept up on them and opened fire in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga National Park.
UN will not turn 'blind eye' to peacekeepers' misconduct, vows UN official

UN News - July 25, 2007

Jane Holl LuteA senior United Nations official today stressed that the world body is doing its utmost to get to the bottom of recent allegations of misconduct against peacekeepers in Cote d'Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), pledging to hold all personnel to the highest standards of behaviour.
Mining Boom in DRC Boosts Fortunes of State-Owned Gecamines

VOA News - July 25, 2007

Democratic Republic of CongoGecamines, the Democratic Republic of Congo's troubled state-owned mining company, said it has tackled corruption issues that have plagued the company for decades and is ready to consolidate some of its assets and expand its business. But as Peta Thornycroft reports for VOA from Katanga's capital Lumbumbashi, Gecamines has said it still needs the government to stop creditors from taking it to court in the short term.



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