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Hillary Clinton: the United States stand ready to assist the government to promote human rights

State.gov - August 10, 2009

Hillary Clinton in KinshasaWell, it’s interesting because I’m aware of the commitment that China has made, and I think that building roads is a very important development goal for this country. But so is good governance. So is protecting and promoting human rights. So is building an independent judiciary, a free press, the institutions of democracy that will hold up over time. It’s important to build a free market, to stand against corruption, to ask for more transparency, and the United States has been working to achieve those goals.
Hillary Clinton to tackle Congo conflict

BBC News - August 10, 2009

Hillary ClintonUS Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she will speak out on the country's deadly civil conflict.
Ban Ki-moon welcomes summit between leaders of DR Congo and Rwanda

UN News - August 7, 2009

Joseph Kabila and Paul Kagame in GomaSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed yesterday’s summit between the leaders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda, the first official bilateral meeting since the neighbouring African nations broke off official ties more than one decade ago.
'New era' for DR Congo and Rwanda

BBC News - August 6, 2009

Joseph Kabila and Paul Kagame in GomaThe leaders of Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo have pledged to boost economic and security ties, hailing an "all new era" after a rare meeting. The talks took place 13 years after the neighbours broke diplomatic relations.
Voter Registration Extended for 15 Days in Kinshasa

ACP - August 4, 2009

Dieudonne MirimoThe Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has extended the deadline to register for the upcoming elections to August 20, 2009. The IEC made the decision on Tuesday, responding to numerous calls to give more time to those who want to register.
Congo Militias Target of Virunga Park Ranger Crackdown

VOA News - August 3, 2009

Virunga Park RangerThe charcoal trafficking…is an extremely lucrative business. It has an annual turnover of over $30 million. And much of those revenues are going to the armed groups. And these armed groups are responsible for the instability in the eastern Congo, which has been an extremely serious problem for over 15 years.
Susan Rice: United Nations Peacekeeping Force Under Severe Strain

VOA News - July 30, 2009

US ambassador to the UN Susan RiceThe U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations says the U.N. peacekeeping force is stretched to the limit, and needs more support and supervision. Ambassador Susan Rice told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that peacekeeping helps protect the United States and other nations. Rice is urging Congress to support peacekeeping, despite sexual misconduct by a few members of the force.
MONUC trains its staff on sexual exploitation and abuse

MONUC - July 30, 2009

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoMounia Lakhdar-Hamina and Kandi Godia, of the Conduct and Discipline (CDU) unit recalled the importance for staff to conduct themselves well. “Recruited to assist a country beset by various difficulties, MONUC staff are continually watched by the population,” said Ms Kandi Godia. In this respect, they are expected to comply with “the highest standards of conduct required by their private and professional lives.” In other words, staff should comply with the UN codes of conduct and the host country’s laws, she added.
DR Congo troops take Rwandan rebels' command headquarter in South Kivu province

Xinhua - July 29, 2009

Congo soldiersDR Congo government troops have captured the command headquarter of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), an anti-government group, in Kashindaba, a military commander declared on Wednesday.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Visit Africa

U.S. Department of State - July 27, 2009

Hillary ClintonThe Secretary will travel to Kenya, South Africa, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Liberia, and Cape Verde. In each nation, she will emphasize Africa as a place of opportunity, built on an ethic of responsibility. She will underline America's commitment to partner with governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and private citizens to build societies where each individual can realize their potential.







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