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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.
Aid workers struggle to reach IDPs in South Kivu

IRIN - July 25, 2007

Kivu - Congo - IDPsContinued insecurity and poor roads have been restricting humanitarian access to thousands of internally displaced people in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to an official of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
UN: Hold Peacekeepers Accountable for Congo Smuggling

Human Rights Watch - July 23, 2007

MONUC - Bas-CongoFollowing its investigation into alleged gold smuggling and arms trading by UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations should ensure accountability for those involved, Human Rights Watch said today. In a letter to Jean-Marie Guehenno, the under-secretary-general for UN peacekeeping operations, Human Rights Watch took issue with Guehenno's comments that the matter is now "closed.?
Security Council expresses deep concern at deteriorating security situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

UN News - July 23, 2007

Un Security CouncilThe Security Council this morning expressed its deep concern at the deteriorating security situation in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in particular in North and South Kivu, and the serious humanitarian consequences of the violent actions of foreign armed groups, especially the Forces democratiques the liberation du Rwanda (FDLR), as well as the military activities of the "mixed" brigades.
Secretary-General calls for action to resolve crisis in eastern DR Congo

UN News - July 20, 2007

Ban Ki-moonUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for action to resolve the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) volatile eastern region, where some 700,000 people have been internally displaced.



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