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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.
Villagers flee rebel attacks in South Kivu

IRIN - April 13, 2007

South Kivu womanWeeks of attacks by Rwandan rebels on villagers in South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo, have forced several thousand people to abandon their homes for Walungu town, a United Nations official has said.
DRC civil society underline the need for strong political leadership

MONUC - April 13, 2007

Congo KinshasaA civil society and religious organizations committee workshop on the DRC government's programme took place in Kinshasa from 11 to 12 April 2007, with the collaboration of MONUC and other development partners, with the aim of underlining governmental and political responsibility in the DRC.
Congo Prosecutors Asks For Removal of Bemba's Immunity

VOA News - April 12, 2007

Jean-Pierre BembaThe Democratic Republic of Congo's top prosecutor has asked the country's Senate to lift immunity for Senator and former Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba so he can be charged with treason.
Senator Bemba leaves for Portugal

MONUC - April 11, 2007

Jean-Pierre BembaSenator J.P. Bemba, who was finally authorised to go to Portugal for medical treatment, left Kinshasa this Wednesday morning 11 April 2007 at 2am in his private Boeing 727, accompanied by his wife and five children.



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