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Opportunity for the new Congolese government to fundamentally reform the natural resource sector

Global Witness - April 22, 2007

Global WitnessGlobal Witness today urged President Joseph Kabila and the new Congolese government to seize the momentum of the post-election period to implement fundamental reforms in the mining and forest sectors.
DRC Park Ranger Escapes Rebel Abduction

VOA News - April 21, 2007

Jean-Marie Cizungu Kazingufu receives medical care after his escapeIn the Democratic Republic of Congo, a park ranger is home safe after escaping from a rebel group that held him captive for two years.
UN Deputy Secretary General to visit DRC

MONUC - April 20, 2007

Asha-Rose MigiroUN Deputy Secretary General Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro will arrive in the DRC on 22 April 2007, for a three day visit to the country, where she will meet with President Kabila and Prime Minister Gizenga, as well as other political personalities.
Study: Child Soldiers Suffer from Emotional Stress for Years

VOA News - April 20, 2007

Child solders stand talking near the small village of Boga near Bunia, Democratic Republic of CongoAn international human rights group says child soldiers as young as 13 are serving in the army of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Human Rights Watch is urging the Congolese government to release the estimated 300 to 500 youngsters, whom they inherited when they absorbed the armies of former rebel warlords under terms of a peace plan.
African Great Lakes Armies Leaders to Battle Rebel Groups

VOA News - April 19, 2007

Great Lakes - AfricaThe army chiefs of Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda have agreed to jointly take military action against rebel groups operating in the area.
Arbitrary killings, rape part of ongoing abuses in the east

IRIN - April 19, 2007

Congo-Kinshasa Sake areaExecutions and rape of civilians have continued in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) according to a report published by the United Nations detailing human rights abuses during the month of March.
Army Should Stop Use of Child Soldiers

Human Rights Watch - April 19, 2007

Congo child soldiersThe Congolese government should immediately stop former rebel warlords now commissioned as national army officers from recruiting and using child soldiers in army brigades deployed in North Kivu province, Human Rights Watch said today.
Former DRC Vice President Calls for Political End to Crisis

VOA News - April 18, 2007

Azarias RuberwaFormer vice president of the Democratic Republic of Congo Azarias Ruberwa is calling on the government to halt plans to lift the immunity of opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba in order to charge him with high treason.
Confronting Gender-Based Violence in Central Africa

CARE - April 16, 2007

Great Lakes - AfricaThe overlapping conflicts in Central Africa - in Burundi, the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda - have produced a well-known parade of horrors, including the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. The statistics are jarring.
Congolese Opposition Party Stages Boycott of Parliament

VOA News - April 14, 2007

Thomas LuhakaMembers of the Democratic Republic of Congo's main opposition party, led by former rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba, have suspended participation in parliament because of concerns about their safety.



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