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Madagascar says to withdraw from SADC

Xinhua - September 30, 2009

SADCMadagascan Prime Minister Monja Roindefo said at a meeting in Antananarivo on Tuesday that his government would take a firm decision against the SADC member countries, following their action to ban High Transitional Authority (HTA) President Andry Rajoelina from delivering a speech at the United Nations.
Africa must have full Security Council representation - DR Congo tells UN Assembly

UN News - September 28, 2009

Alexis Thambwe Mwamba“The present UN system does not correspond in its current concept to the hopes of its founders and to the letter of the Charter that its creation was able to inspire,” DRC Foreign Minister Alexis Thambwe Nwamba said as the Assembly entered the fifth day of its annual General Debate.
Surrenders and repatriations of FDLR combatants increase as MONUC steps up DDRRR efforts

MONUC - September 28, 2009

MONUC - CongoConcerted efforts by MONUC's DDRRR personnel and peacekeepers have contributed to a significant rise in surrenders and voluntary repatriation of FDLR combatants and dependents. UNHCR has also registered a steady rise in Rwandan refugees seeking to return home.
Madagascar President Prevented from Taking Floor at UN General Assembly

VOA News - September 25, 2009

Southern Africa Development Community - SADCIn a rare intervention in the Assembly hall, the foreign minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Alexis Mwamba, representing SADC, protested allowing Mr. Rajoelina to speak. "SADC would like to express its protest against the decision to invite Mr. Andry Rajoelina to take the floor at the general debate of our august assembly," he said.
ICC: Germain Katanga's appeal dismissed

ICC - September 25, 2009

Germain KatangaThe Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) dismissed the appeal of Germain Katanga against Trial Chamber II’s decision of 12 June which declared his case admissible before the ICC.
Clinton Pushes UN Resolution to Curb Violence Against Girls

VOA News - September 25, 2009

Joseph Kabila and Hillary Clinton in Goma - CongoClinton says preventing the exploitation and marginalization of girls is no longer an afterthought but a core foreign policy objective of the United States, which is co-sponsoring a Security Council resolution on the issue next week.
Rebel Group LRA Seeks New Peace Talks With Ugandan Government

VOA News - September 24, 2009

Joseph KonyElusive Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony has renewed contact with the Ugandan government, seeking an immediate ceasefire and resumption of peace talks. Kony's militants are terrorizing the local populations across a number of central African nations.
DR Congo deports genocide suspect

BBC News - September 20, 2009

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesCongolese Communication Minister Lambert Mende used the example of Mr Ndahimana to renew calls that Rwanda send Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda to Kinshasa to face trial.
AMC sidesteps responsibility by suspending purchases from Congo

Global Witness - September 18, 2009

Global WitnessThe decision by British-owned Amalgamated Metals Corporation (AMC) and its subsidiary THAISARCO to suspend purchases from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a regrettable move, which suggests the company is not serious about improving supply chain due diligence, said campaign group Global Witness today.
UN Report Describes 'Terrible' Year for Children in Armed Conflict

VOA News - September 16, 2009

Congo child soldiersThe U.N. Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict says the past year has been terrible for children in war-torn regions. In a report submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council, the Special Representative highlights the grave situation of child soldiers and other children in a number of conflicts around the world.







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