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Soldiers jailed for mass rape

IRIN - April 14, 2006

Seven soldiers in the Congolese army have been sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity, including the mass rape of at least 119 women in the northwestern province of Equateur. This was the first sentence against the country's military personnel for crimes against humanity.


Court urged to invalidate Kabila candidature

IRIN - April 14, 2006

The Supreme Court in the Democratic Republic of Congo is set to examine a petition against President Joseph Kabila's candidature in general elections set for later this year.


Security Council approves UN troop redeployment from Burundi to DR Congo

UN News Service - April 10, 2006

The Security Council today authorized the temporary redeployment of peacekeepers from the Organization's operation in Burundi (ONUB) to its mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) to strengthen security and oversight for the upcoming Congolese elections.


Food drops begin to people displaced in Katanga

IRIN - April 6, 2006

The United Nations began airdrops of food relief on Wednesday to tens of thousands of people displaced by fighting between the national army and Mayi-Mayi malitiamen in Katanga, the south-eastern province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a UN official said.


Candidates registered, election date undecided

IRIN - April 6, 2006

Some 73 presidential candidates have registered for the upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but the main opposition leader was not among them and the commission has not set a date for the elections.


Rights Group: Street Kids Open to Congo Election Manipulation

VOA News - April 4, 2006

A human rights group is warning that the Democratic Republic of Congo's street children risk being manipulated by political parties during and after elections this year.


President, Former Rebels Join Dozens in Race for Congo's Top Job

VOA News - April 3, 2006

Registration for Congo's elections closed late Sunday with more than 70 people signing up for the presidential race and 4,000 aiming for a seat in parliament. The continuing absence of the veteran opposition UDPS party is raising concerns for the elections, which are meant to bring peace to the war-torn Congo.


Thousands displaced by fighting arrive at Lake Albert

IRIN - March 30, 2006

Thousands of Congolese civilians in the northeastern district of Ituri arrived on Thursday at the port town of Kasenyi on Lake Albert, on the border with Uganda, after they fled fighting between the national army and militia groups, a local official said.


Civilians seek refuge near UN military camp to escape fighting

IRIN - March 29, 2006

At least 1,000 residents of two villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern district of Ituri sought refuge on Wednesday around a camp of Bangladeshi UN troops following fighting between militiamen and the national army, an official of the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) said.


Civic education crucial ahead of poll, official says

IRIN - March 29, 2006

Civic education ahead of elections scheduled for June is of "utmost importance" to sensitise the public for the democratic process, the head of the Democratic Republic of Congo's Independent Electoral Commission, Apollinaire Malumalu, has said.





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