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ICC Dismisses Jean-Pierre Bemba's Appeal on Admissibility of His Case

ICC - October 19, 2010

Jean-Pierre Bemba at the International Criminal Courtthe Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court confirmed the decision of Trial Chamber III entitled “Decision on the Admissibility and Abuse of Process Challenges” and dismissed Mr Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo’s appeal against this decision. This judgment confirms that the case against Mr Bemba is admissible.
Women March against Sexual Violence in Eastern Congo

Congo News Agency - October 17, 2010

Women March against Sexual Violence in eastern CongoFirst Lady Olive Lembe Kabila led a march by thousands of women through the streets of Bukavu, in eastern Congo, on Sunday. They were marching against the sexual violence – and violence in general – that has plagued the region, where rape has been used as a weapon of war by armed groups for years.
Congo Defense Minister Rejects UN Allegations against Army

Congo News Agency - October 17, 2010

Charles Mwando NsimbaDuring a press conference held in Kinshasa on Saturday, Defence Minister Charles Mwando Nsimba expressed outrage at the remarks made by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Margot Wallström, before the UN Security Council on Thursday.
TP Mazembe Reach Second Consecutive CAF Champions League Final

Congo News Agency - October 16, 2010

TP MazembeTP Mazembe have reached the CAF Champions league finals after drawing 0-0 with JS Kabylie at the November 1st, 1954 stadium in Tizi Ouzou on Saturday. The defending champions advance thanks to their 3-1 win at the Stade de la Kenya in Lubumbashi on October 3rd in the first leg of the semi-finals.
Four African nations crack down on LRA

BBC News - October 16, 2010

Joseph KonyFour African nations have agreed to form a joint military force to fight Lord's Resistance Army rebels, the African Union says. It says the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Uganda will form a brigade to pursue the militants. The LRA, which originated in Uganda 20 years ago, has recently mounted deadly attacks in all four countries.
US Welcomes Arrest of Callixte Mbarushimana

U.S. Department of State/Philip J. Crowley - October 13, 2010

Callixte MbarushimanaThe United States welcomes the October 11, 2010 arrest by French authorities of Callixte Mbarushimana, indicted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2009. As a top official of the FDLR, Mbarushimana had also been listed in 2008 for targeted UN and U.S. sanctions.
FDLR leader Callixte Mbarushimana arrested in France on ICC warrant

ICC - October 11, 2010

FDLR leader Callixte MbarushimanaIn accordance with the warrant of arrest issued under seals by the judges of the International Criminal Court on 28 September, 2010, the French authorities arrested Mr Callixte Mbarushimana, suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Kivu provinces, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Thomas Lubanga trial to resume at ICC

ICC - October 8, 2010

Thomas Lubanga DyiloThe Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court reversed Trial Chamber I’s decisions to stay proceedings in the case The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, and to release the accused. In accordance with this decision, Mr Lubanga Dyilo will remain in the custody of the Court during the trial proceedings, which can now be resumed.
DR Congo improves education, child survival but greater efforts needed - UN

UN News - October 6, 2010

Students in DR CongoThe Democratic Republic of Congo has made significant progress in education and child survival in recent years, but much more needs to be done to achieve the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to a new United Nations-backed study. Three out of four children now go to school, a 23 per cent increase over 2000 with near parity for girls and boys, the fourth Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (UNICEF), reported.
Rusesabagina Welcomes Congo Report, Warns of Another Genocide in Rwanda

VOA News - October 6, 2010

Paul RusesabaginaPaul Rusesabagina, who is the subject of the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda, says the long history of conflict in the Congo is due in large part to conflict minerals. A Hutu who sheltered more than 1,200 Tutsi during the genocide, Paul Rusesabagina, says the report revealed unspoken truths about the region's history. He says the simmering ethnic tensions that triggered the 1994 genocide have returned to present day Rwanda, and warns the country is heading down the same path.



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