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Finding an end to violence

IRIN - July 28, 2006

Elections protestA significant number of combatants from the various conflicts in Congo since 1996 have still not disarmed and many continue to destabilise the country, despite the signing of a comprehensive peace agreement in 2002.
Violence rising as elections near

IRIN - July 28, 2006

Election - ViolenceColumns of smoke rose over Kinshasa on Thursday as political violence claimed the lives of three policemen and at least three civilians ahead of Sunday's elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
1,300 international observers for polls

IRIN - July 28, 2006

At least 1,300 international observers will be deployed all over the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during Sunday's elections, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).


Explosion Coincides With Congolese Rebel Rally

VOA News - July 27, 2006

Congo - ElectionsIn the Democratic Republic of Congo, a fire has broken out at the security camp of a former rebel leader just as he was holding a large campaign rally in the capital Kinshasa ahead of Sunday's post-war election.
Vote set for Sunday despite irregularities

IRIN - July 27, 2006

Congo - ElectionsLogistical problems with Sunday's general elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo and reports that security forces are violating the human rights of candidates and their supporters will not delay the vote, according to the Independent Electoral Commission and the international community supporting it.
Congolese Rebels Reach Peace Accord Ahead of Elections

VOA News - July 27, 2006

Congo - ElectionsThe United Nations says rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo have agreed to lay down their weapons in advance of Sunday's elections - the country's first multi-party balloting in more than 40 years.
UN mission says rights repression must stop

UN News Centre - July 27, 2006

Congolese votingAffirming that security forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been routinely abusing journalists and other civilians since the start of its election campaign, the United Nations mission in the country (MONUC) calls for a guarantee of free speech and an end to impunity in a report released today.
UN Has Security Concerns for Congo's Elections

VOA News - July 26, 2006

UN official in CongoU.N. officials have expressed confidence in the overall success for Sunday's post-war election in the mineral-rich Democratic Republic of Congo, but have also raised several security concerns. Some political militants want the vote postponed, pockets of the Congo remain unstable, while many candidates are refusing to campaign.
Official Says Congo Elections Going Ahead Despite Violence, Boycott Threats

VOA News - July 25, 2006

UDPS Election protestCongo's Independent Electoral Commission says recent violence and threats of a boycott will not stop Sunday's national election. Commission Member Grace Lula tells VOA that commission police, along with troops from the European Union, are standing by to protect citizens at the polls.
Security Council calls for greater effort to protect children in wartime

UN News Centre - July 25, 2006

Jean-Marc de La Sablière - French ambassador to the Secutiry CouncilAfter hearing presentations from United Nations officials about the 250,000 boys currently exploited as child soldiers and tens of thousands of girls subject to sexual violence, the Security Council today called for a "reinvigorated effort" to protect children in areas of armed conflict.



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