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Global minerals, arms smuggling networks fuel DR Congo conflict - UN report

UN News - December 7, 2009

ColtanFDLR has a far-reaching international diaspora network involved in the day-to-day running of the movement, the coordination of military and arms trafficking activities and the management of financial activities. End buyers for cassiterite include the Malaysia Smelting Corporation and the Thailand Smelting and Refining Company, which is held by United Kingdom-based Amalgamated Metals Corporation.
Mazembe aim for Club World Cup

BBC Sports - December 6, 2009

TP MazembeDR Congo side TP Mazembe believe that they can become Africa's most successful club in the history of the Club World Cup. The African Champions League winners face Pohamba Steelers of South Korea in their first match on 11 December at the tournament in the United Arab Emirates.
ICC reverses decision on the interim release of Jean-Pierre Bemba

ICC - December 2, 2009

Jean-Pierre Bemba GomboToday, on 2 December 2009, Judge Akua Kuenyehia, Presiding Judge of the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC), delivered a summary of the judgment reversing the decision of Pre-Trial Chamber II that had granted the request of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo for interim release, albeit under conditions.
UN Security Council renews arms embargo and sanctions in DR Congo

UN News - November 30, 2009

Un Security CouncilCouncil members voted unanimously to adopt a resolution continuing the regime of sanctions, which consists of an arms embargo against all armed groups that are not part of either the Government’s integrated army (known as the FARDC) or police units, through 30 November next year.
Congo Government Asks U.N. for MONUC Pullout Plan

Congo News Agency - November 30, 2009

Joseph Kabila and Ban Ki-moonThe desire of the Congolese government is to receive a disengagement plan for MONUC by June 30, 2010, because we believe, and it’s a fact, that since the beginning of this year, there has been a marked improvement in the security situation in the East.

Ban Ki-moon deplores attack on UN helicopter in DR Congo

UN News - November 27, 2009

Ban Ki-moonSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the shooting attack on a United Nations helicopter on Thursday in Dongo in western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that left three peacekeepers, a civilian pilot and one member of the Congolese national police wounded.
UN report: Vast International Network Helping Rwandan Hutu Rebels in Eastern Congo

Congo News Agency - November 27, 2009

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesA report by a group of experts, mandated by the United Nations Security Council to investigate on the situation in eastern Congo, has found that a vast international network that spans more than 25 countries is helping the Rwandan Hutu rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) continue their atrocities in the region.

Conflict Minerals Under Study in US Congress

VOA News - November 26, 2009

Coltan in cellphonesBipartisan legislation on so called "conflict minerals" was recently introduced in the US House of Representatives. The bill is designed to create transparency and allow consumers to make informed choices when they purchase electronic devices like cell phones.
Global Witness urges governments to act on findings of UN experts' report on DRC

Global Witness - November 26, 2009

Global WitnessUN member states should take strong action in response to new information about companies and individuals who trade in minerals from areas of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo controlled by armed groups, Global Witness said today.
Activists say UN policy must change in DR Congo

BBC News - November 25, 2009

Congo FARDC soldiersRights activists have urged the UN to change its policy in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after a leaked report said the rebellion there was worsening. Human Rights Watch called for a greater effort to tackle a global crime network backing the ethnic Hutu rebels.







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