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UN probe finds peacekeepers in DR Congo used excessive force

UN News - June 12, 2007

MONUC - Bas-CongoA United Nations investigation found that Bangladeshi peacekeepers operating in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) used excessive force in 2005 against detainees trying to escape from their control, a UN spokesperson said today.
DRC President Kabila to visit South Africa

Xinhua - June 9, 2007

Joseph Kabila - Thabo MbekiDemocratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila will visit South Africa next week, the first one since he won the central African country's historic elections late last year.
Ituri demobilisation wins UNDP support

IRIN - June 5, 2007

Ituri - CongoThe demobilisation of former members of various armed groups in Ituri district in the northwest Democratic Republic of Congo is being supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) after a deal with the government.
National Assembly: The decentralisation law is the priority of priorities

MONUC - June 5, 2007

Gregoire KatendeYesterday we interviewed Mr. Gregoire Katende, spokesman for the DRC National Assembly, who spoke on the priorities facing the assembly, most notably the decentralization law, the law on the statute of the opposition and the invalidation of 18 deputies by the DRC Supreme Court, as well as the achievements of the Assembly to date.
ICRC aids displaced people in North Kivu

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) - June 4, 2007

Ituri = CongoThe upsurge in fighting and tension in recent months in several parts of North Kivu (eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo) has prompted the ICRC to prepare to launch an aid operation in behalf of some 2,000 to 2,500 displaced or returned families in the village of Kalembe within the next few days.
Angolan refugees back home soon

Government of Angola - June 4, 2007

Angola - CongoLuanda - Over 2,000 Angolan refugees that are currently in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo Brazaville will be repatriated soon under implementation of Memorandum of Understanding for peace in Cabinda.
45 sites nominated this year for inclusion on UNESCO World Heritage List

UN News - June 1, 2007

Te WahipounamuThe committee that oversees requests for inscription on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's World Heritage List will have 45 nominated sites to choose from when it meets for its annual session next month in New Zealand, UNESCO has announced.
IRC assists victims of D.R. Congo massacre

IRC - May 31, 2007

International Rescue CommitteeThe International Rescue Committee in the Democratic Republic of Congo is preparing to assist thousands of people displaced by an attack late last week in the country's troubled South Kivu Province.
Secretary-General strongly condemns attacks on villagers in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo

UN News - May 30, 2007

Ban Ki-moonThe Secretary-General condemns these attacks in the strongest possible terms. This latest atrocity underscores once again the need to resolve the problem of armed Congolese and foreign militia operating in the territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and for the Government and the international community to work together in creating professional security forces capable of defending the security and human rights of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Report Says UK Retailers Not Doing Enough to Combat Blood Diamonds

VOA News - May 29, 2007

Blood diamonds - AfricaA new survey says that most British diamond retailers are not doing enough to combat trade in diamonds smuggled from war zones.



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