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UN experts welcome steps taken in wake of murder of Floribert Chebeya

UN News - June 9, 2010

Floribert ChebeyaA group of United Nations experts today welcomed the suspension of the chief of the national police of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the arrest of several officers in the investigation into last week’s murder of a prominent human rights defender. In a statement issued last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that the Congolese interior ministry has ordered the State security service to investigate the death of Mr. Chebeya, stressing that the probe must be “thorough, transparent and independent, with full respect for due process and rule of law.”
DR Congo suspends police chief over Floribert Chebeya death

BBC News - June 6, 2010

John NumbiThe head of police in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been suspended following the death of a human rights activist, officials say. The police chief, John Numbi, is seen as a close ally of President Joseph Kabila. In a statement read out on television, Interior Minister Adolphe Lumanu said on Sunday that President Kabila was "determined that all light be shed" on Mr Chebeya's killing.
Congo's Resources: Who Benefits?

VOA News - June 5, 2010

Gecamines - KatangaIllicit exploitation of the DRC's mineral wealth "has financed armed groups that target civilians and perpetuate widespread human rights abuses in the eastern part of the country," said the United States Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs Robert Hormats.
MLC Calls for Boycott of Independence Day Festivities

Congo News Agency - June 5, 2010

François MuambaThe Movement for the Liberation of Congo has called for a boycott of festivities being organized by the government to celebrate the 50th anniversary of independence on June 30. Francois Muamba, the Secretary-General of the MLC, told the Voice of America on Friday that the “MLC, its elected officials, its leaders, and supporters, will not participate, under any circumstances, in the June 30th festivities.”
US Deeply Concerned by Death of Floribert Chebeya

US Department of State - June 4, 2010

Floribert ChebeyaThe United States is deeply concerned by the apparent assassination of noted Congolese human rights leader Floribert Chebeya Bahizire in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mr. Chebeya, the founder of “Voix des Sans Voix” (Voice of the Voiceless), was a human rights advocate since the regime of Mobutu Sese Seko. He won the Reebok Human Rights Award in 1993.
Joint Government and UN Inquiry Needed into Death of Floribert Chebeya

Human Rights Watch - June 3, 2010

Floribert Chebeya"Floribert Chebeya's shocking death is a serious blow for human rights in the Congo," said Anneke Van Woudenberg, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. "The announced police investigation needs UN help if it is to be credible and transparent and bring all those responsible to justice."
Top UN officials urge inquiry into killing of Congolese human rights activist

UN News Centre - June 3, 2010

Floribert ChebeyaUN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Philip Alston and Alan Doss, the head of the UN peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC), have all issued statements condemning the murder of Floribert Chebeya Bahizire.
Leading Human Rights Activist Found Dead in Congo

Amnesty International USA - June 2, 2010

Floribert ChebeyaFloribert Chebeya has been arrested and harassed by the authorities in the past but it seems he may have paid the ultimate price for his valuable work. He was the executive director of one of Congo’s largest human rights organizations, Voix des Sans Voix (VSV), and of the national network of human rights groups.
The ICC signs enforcement agreements with Belgium, Denmark, and Finland

ICC - June 1, 2010

Jean-Pierre Bemba“Having sufficient options in place to ensure the enforcement of judicially ordered sentences is an important element in the overall credibility of the judicial process at the ICC”, stated ICC President, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, during the signing ceremony.
UN to reduce DR Congo peace force

BBC News - May 28, 2010

MONUCThe UN Security Council has voted to authorise the withdrawal of up to 2,000 peacekeepers from the Democratic Republic of Congo by 30 June. However, it has delayed a decision on the full withdrawal of its 20,500-strong force, as sought by Congolese President Joseph Kabila, to next year.



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