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Lubanga Witness Says He Was Paid US$200 To Tell Lies

lubangatrial.org - February 8, 2010

Thomas LubangaA witness today told the war crimes trial of Thomas Lubanga that intermediaries of the International Criminal Court (ICC) gave him US$200 as payment for convincing his nephew to give false testimony against the accused.
Ugandan rebels kill 100 civilians in north-eastern DR Congo, UN reports

UN News - February 1, 2010

Joseph KonySome 100 people were slaughtered by a notorious Uganda rebel group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last month, the United Nations humanitarian arm has said. According to reliable information collected by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Lord’s Resistance Army attacked the village of Mabanga in north-eastern DRC on 13 January.
Official Denies Uganda Troop Presence in Congo

VOA News - February 1, 2010

Joseph Kabila and Yoweri MuseveniAn official of Uganda’s government has denied reports that its troops have entered into Beni town in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s formerly restive Kivu province. Uganda's information minister Kabakumba Masiko says there is no need for residents in the Kivu provinces to panic.
ICC: Thomas Lubanga Defence Questions Witness Credibility

IWPR - January 30, 2010

Thomas LubangaThe case for the defence in the war crimes trial of former Congolese rebel leader Thomas Lubanga opened this week with his lawyers declaring that prosecution witnesses were coached, and that the witnesses who claimed to have been child soldiers never were.
New report urges UN to learn lessons on resource-fuelled wars

Global Witness - January 27, 2010

Global WitnessThe lack of a coherent and committed international approach to tackling the role of natural resources in conflict is costing lives in Democratic Republic of Congo and heightening the risk of further unrest in other fragile states such as Côte d'Ivoire and Guinea, according to a new report from Global Witness.
Russia gets involved in the reform of the Congolese Armed Forces

ACP - January 26, 2010

FARDCRussia has awarded thirty scholarships to the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC), Anatoly Klimenko, the Russian ambassador in Kinshasa, said on Tuesday after meeting with the Minister of National Defense and Veterans Affairs, Charles Muando Nsimba.

UN agency assisting thousands uprooted by insecurity in eastern DR Congo

UN News - January 26, 2010

Congo refugees - IDPsThe United Nations refugee agency said today it is assisting over 100,000 civilians who have fled eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in recent months due to the ongoing military offensive against Hutu militants and banditry by armed groups.
African Nations Join World Community to Help Haiti

Charles W. Corey/America.gov - January 21, 2010

Haiti mapThe Democratic Republic of the Congo has announced it is sending $2.5 million in emergency aid to help Haitian earthquake victims. DRC Information Minister Lambert Mende told the BBC, “Congo isn’t bankrupt; our own problems should not prevent us from helping a brother country.
President Barack Obama Praises Dikembe Mutombo for Humanitarian Work

Lauren Burgoon - Georgetown University News - January 19, 2010

President Barack Obama with Dikembe MutomboPresident Obama served as a surprise guest at the eighth annual "Let Freedom Ring!" event celebrating the life and legacy of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and honoring NBA great and philanthropist Dikembe Mutombo.
Peacekeepers Plan Operation Amani Leo with FARDC in North Kivu

MONUC - January 19, 2010

Babacar GayeSenior military leaders from the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, MONUC, have been meeting their counterparts in the Congolese Army, the FARDC, to plan Operation Amani Leo. Amani Leo, which means ‘Peace Today’, began at the start of the month.



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