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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.
IMF Urges Congo to Cut Spending

VOA News - March 14, 2007

IMF - CongoThe International Monetary Fund has prompted the Democratic Republic of Congo's new government to curb spending to counteract slowing economic growth and worsening inflation.
Can the World Bank do better here in the DRC?

MONUC - March 13, 2007

Joseph Kabila, Paul WolfowitzCriticised for their different interventions here in the DRC, the World Bank decided to take up the challenge. President Paul Wolfowitz visited the country from March 8 to 9 2007, within the framework of reinforcing relations between the DRC and the Bank, and with a view to preparing the programmes for economic reform and the consolidation of the peace.
New Government must make child protection a 'priority' - UN envoy

UN News Service - March 12, 2007

Congo child soldiersThe new Government in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which was elected last year in landmark elections, must make child protection a "priority" and ensure enough resources are allocated to reintegrate former child soldiers into their communities, the top United Nations envoy on children and armed conflict said today.
Grave human rights abuses by all sides mar DR Congo's transition from war, UN reports

UN News Service - March 12, 2007

Congo soldiers in BuniaSummary executions, enforced disappearances, mass arbitrary arrests, ill-treatment and torture of civilians for their political affiliations as well as rape continued at an alarming rate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in a climate of total impunity in the second half of 2006, according to the latest United Nations
World Bank hails UN in DRC and calls for more international support for the country

MONUC - March 10, 2007

Paul Wolfowitz and Louis Michel in CongoAt a press conference in Kinshasa on Friday March 9,2007, President of the World Bank Paul Wolfowitz stressed the need for the institution to 'move fast' in support of the DRC's reconstruction. He expressed his optimism for the country's future, and said that the World Bank was fully committed to supporting the fledgling DRC government in the fight against bribery and corruption, which he said was the 'main obstacle' to economic growth.
Post-Conflict DRC Moves to Reintegrate Former Soldiers, Protect Forests

World Bank - March 8, 2007

DRC - CongoWorld Bank President Paul Wolfowitz gets a first-hand look today at one of the biggest challenges to the Democratic Republic of the Congo as it emerges from decades of strife.
Former Child Soldiers Still at Risk in DR Congo

VOA News - March 7, 2007

Child soldiersThe United Nations is focusing attention on child soldiers in Africa. One country where children are still feeling the terrible effects of war is the Democratic Republic of Congo.



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