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Live up to your promises or lose recent gains, Kabila urged

IRIN - July 6, 2007

Congo electionsThe Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could lose recent gains in its democratisation process unless President Joseph Kabila starts to promote dialogue and accountability, and strengthens cooperation with the wider international community, the International Crisis Group (ICG) has warned.
Congo: Consolidating the Peace

International Crisis Group - July 5, 2007

Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo were a milestone in the peace process but much remains to be done to consolidate the gains. A return to full-scale war is unlikely but violence in Bas-Congo and Kinshasa in early 2007 with over 400 people killed and renewed threats of war in the Kivus show the country's fragility.


Civilians bearing brunt of South Kivu violence

IRIN - July 4, 2007

DRC refugee campThe International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has expressed concern over abuses against civilians, especially women and children, in South Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, saying it frequently receives reports of abductions, executions, rapes and pillage.
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.



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