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US Senators Promote Improved US-Congo Legislation

VOA News - May 31, 2006

A bipartisan group of US senators will promote legislation outlining US policy toward the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The bill is spearheaded by Illinois democrats Barack Obama and Dick Durbin and republicans Sam Brownback of Kansas and Michael DeWine of Ohio.


7 UN Peacekeepers Missing, Presumed Captured in Congo

VOA News - May 29, 2006

Seven Nepalese peacekeepers serving with the United Nations mission in Congo have been missing since Sunday, and are presumed captured by militia. The U.N. says the peacekeepers were separated from their unit during fighting with militia, during which one other Nepalese soldier was killed and three were wounded.


South African institute discounts "coup plot" theory following arrests

IRIN - May 28, 2006

The South African-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has ruled out chances that the men arrested and identified as foreign mercenaries in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were plotting a coup or planning to destabilise the country ahead of 30 July elections.


U.S. citizens released without charges

Middleton Coudriet Media Group - May 27, 2006

Orlando-based AQMI Strategy Corporation has confirmed the release of three U.S. Citizens who had been illegally detained since Friday, May 19 by the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).


International community denounces manipulation on alleged "coup"

MISNA - May 26, 2006

The international community deplored "the recent manoeuvres" of security service agents "against some political candidates and certain political figures" and "denounces the political exploitation of a coup plot" in a critical statement


32 "mercenaries" arrested in Kinshasa

IRIN - May 24, 2006

Congo MapSecurity agents in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), arrested 32 foreigners on Tuesday for plotting a coup against the government of Joseph Kabila, Interior Minister Theophilus Mbemba said.
Army captures militia commander

IRIN - May 18, 2006

Congolese soldiers in the restive northeastern district of Ituri have captured a "brigade commander" of the former militia Union des Patriotes Congolais(the Congolese Patriotic Union) which was led by Thomas Lubanga, currently awaiting trial before the International Criminal Court.


Mayi-Mayi warlord surrenders in Katanga

IRIN - May 17, 2006

Mayi-Mayi warlord Kyungu Mutanga, alias Gédéon, surrendered to UN peacekeepers on Friday in Mitwaba, a town in southeastern province of Katanga in Democratic Republic of Congo.


UN Says DRC Forces Commit Increasing Rights Violations

VOA News - May 10, 2006

The United Nations says government forces in the southern Democratic Republic of Congo are committing an increasing number of serious human rights violations.


18 army brigades to provide security during polls

IRIN - May 9, 2006

Eighteen fully integrated army brigades whose mission will be to provide security during Congo's general elections later this year will be fully trained by 5 July, the spokesman of the army chief of staff, Jean-Willy Mutombo, has said.





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