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UN's top rights official concerned at acquittals in military trial

UN News - July 4, 2007

Louise ArbourThe United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today voiced concern at the recent decision by a military court in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to acquit all defendants of killings, torture and other abuses that occurred during an operation by the country's armed forces.
African Americans Celebrate Lumumba's Birthday With Unveiling of Lumumba Sculpture

Friends of the Congo - July 4, 2007

Patrice Lumumba StatuePatrice Emery Lumumba (July 2, 1925 - January 17, 1961) was the first freely elected Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo.Beloved by his people, he was assassinated by western interests for advocating that the Congo's vast mineral wealth be used first and foremost, to benefit the people of the Congo.
Congo Court Clears Foreign Miners of War Crimes

VOA News - June 28, 2007

Anvil MiningA military court in Democratic Republic of Congo has acquitted three former employees of Australian mining company Anvil Mining Limited of complicity in war crimes by government soldiers in 2004. Judges said the charges against the miners and nine Congolese soldiers were unfounded.
NGO suspends operations amid increased displacement in the east

IRIN - June 28, 2007

Congo-Kinshasa Sake areaViolence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has forced non-governmental organisations to limit operations in some areas in North and South Kivu, officials said, even as more people are displaced.
Protest Letter: In DRC, a nationwide pattern of attacks raises alarm

Committee to Protect Journalists - June 27, 2007

CPJ Committee to Protect JournalistsWe are writing to express our alarm at a disturbing nationwide pattern of attacks on the news media. Since the arrival of your government on February 24, eight broadcasters were raided by government security forces in connection with their news coverage, and one journalist was killed amid increasingly insecure conditions, according to CPJ research. These events undermine Information Minister Toussaint Tshilombo's statement on World Press Freedom Day that press freedom is respected in the DRC.
Slain reporter: trial adjourned for further study of weapon

MISNA - June 26, 2007

Serge MahesheThe trial was adjourned until June 11 on request of the prosecutors in the trial against the two suspected killers of Serge Maheshe, the local head of staff and secretary of Radio Okapi sponsored by the UN peace mission MONUC and the Hirondelle Foundation, shot dead on June 13 in Bukavu, capital of the eastern South Kivu province of DR-Congo.
UN bolsters security measures in volatile east

UN News - June 25, 2007

MONUC troops in KinshasaThe United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is taking measures to help the authorities bolster security in the country's troubled eastern provinces of North and South Kivu, a spokesperson for the world body said today.
The use of cash in emergency and post-emergency non-food item programs -a case study from the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Journal of Humanitarian Assistance/Sarah Bailey - June 25, 2007

The appropriateness of cash and voucher-based interventions has become an increasingly discussed topic in the field of humanitarian assistance. Practitioners conventionally support the direct distribution of food, non-food, and agricultural commodities to meet the immediate emergency and recovery needs of households and communities impacted by natural or man-made disasters. The direct distribution methodology aims to assist beneficiaries with the necessary items to survive and recover from a crisis.


UN Security Council meeting with political authorities in DRC

MONUC - June 20, 2007

Security CouncilFollowing their arrival in Kinshasa on Tuesday night June 19 2007, the UN Security Council delegation have met this morning with President Joseph Kabila and acting Prime Minister Mr. Nzanga Mobutu, as well as the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Justice, the Interior, Human Rights and Planning.
UNICEF Ambassador Lucy Liu urges protection of women and children

UN News - June 19, 2007

Lucy LiuHaving recently returned from a visit to eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Ambassador Lucy Liu called on the nation's Government to bolster its efforts to protect women and children caught in the continuing violence.



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