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Situation remains tense in Kinshasa

MONUC - March 23, 2007

Monuc - KinshasaThe situation remains tense in Kinshasa this Friday March 23 2007, after heavy fighting between the guards of ex vice president Jean Pierre Bemba and the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC), which has raged in the capital’s central Gombe district since yesterday morning.
Arrest Warrant Issued Against Ex-DRC Vice President

VOA News - March 23, 2007

Jean-Pierre BembaAuthorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have issued an arrest warrant for former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba on charges of high treason.The warrant was issued Friday as government troops battled with followers loyal to Bemba for the second straight day in the capital, Kinshasha . Large columns of smoke have been spotted in the city's Gombe district, where Bemba's residence is located.
MONUC continues to mediate for a definitive cease fire

MONUC - March 22, 2007

KinshasaThe armed fighting which started in Kinshasa at 11am this Thursday March 22, 2007, between the guards of former vice President Jean Pierre Bemba and the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC), has dissipated, as MONUC continues its mediation efforts in order to obtain a complete cease fire.
Gunbattles Rage in DRC Capital

VOA News - March 22, 2007

Kinshasa - GombeGunbattles between government troops and fighters loyal to former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba are raging in the streets of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) capital, Kinshasa.
UN voices collective alarm after fighting erupts in capital of DR Congo

UN News Centre - March 22, 2007

Ban Ki-moonSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Security Council and the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have condemned today's outbreak of fighting in the centre of the capital, Kinshasa, between Government forces and the guards of former Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba.
Shots Fired Near Former Congo Vice President's Home

VOA News - March 22, 2007

Jean-Pierre BembaWitnesses in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, say gunfire has erupted near the home of the nation's former vice president, the scene of a standoff between the military and soldiers loyal to the former rebel leader.
Army, police involved in human rights abuses in the east - report

IRIN - March 20, 2007

Congolese soldiersSoldiers of the Democratic Republic of Congo's national army and the police have been involved in human rights violations in the eastern Ituri region, and are allegedly responsible for growing insecurity in North Kivu, according to a United Nations report.
US State Department report on Human Rights Conditions in the DRC in 2006

US State Department - March 19, 2007

US State DepartmentArmed groups continued to commit numerous, serious abuses--some of which may constitute war crimes--including unlawful killings, disappearances, and torture. They also recruited and retained child soldiers, compelled forced labor, and committed serious sexual abuses and other possible war crimes.
William Swing meets President of the National Assembly

MONUC - March 16, 2007

Vital Kamerhe - William SwingOne day after the opening of the first ordinary session of the National Assembly, Assembly President Vital Kamerhe held a meeting on March 16, 2007 at the Palais de Peuple in Kinshasa with William Swing, UN Special Representative to the Secretary General in the DRC, as well as ambassadors from the international community to discuss the issues facing the Assembly.
DRC National Assembly opens its first ordinary session

MONUC - March 15, 2007

DRC - Congo ParliamentThe DRC National Assembly met on March 15, 2007 for the opening of their first ordinary session at the Palais du Peuple in Kinshasa, which was attended by many political personalities from MONUC and the international community. During his opening address, Assembly President Vital Kamerhe spoke of the many challenges that lie ahead for the country.



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