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Senior UN peacekeeping official assesses DR Congo's prisons

UN News - July 22, 2009

Congo prisonA senior United Nations peacekeeping official continued his tour today of the war-ravaged eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he is evaluating the state of the country’s troubled prison system.
Global Witness uncovers foreign companies' links to Congo violence

Global Witness - July 21, 2009

Global WitnessEuropean and Asian companies, including Bangkok-based THAISARCO (a subsidiary of British metals group AMC), UK-based Afrimex, and Belgium-based Trademet have been buying minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that are funding armed groups and fuelling conflict, said Global Witness in a report published today.
Mineral firms 'fuel Congo unrest'

BBC News - July 21, 2009

ColtanWestern mineral firms are fuelling violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo by failing to check where their raw materials come from, activists say. Global Witness says companies sourcing minerals used in electronic gadgets are buying them from traders who finance rebel and government troops.
UN emergency fund gives $7 million to aid eastern DR Congo's displaced

UN News - July 17, 2009

Congo refugees - IDPsUnited Nations agencies and their partners will be able to provide urgent humanitarian relief to some 250,000 people in the strife-torn eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) thanks to $7 million in emergency funding.
More work remains to ensure justice for war crimes victims, says head of ICC

UN News - July 17, 2009

ICC HeadquatersThe creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and its achievements to date are vital to ensuring justice for millions around the world, but much more work remains to be done to advance this noble ideal, according to the head of the landmark institution that was established 11 years ago today.
Motema Pembe appoint Mutubile

BBC News - July 16, 2009

Santos MutubileDR Congo champions, DC Motema Pembe, have appointed Santos Mutubile as their new coach. Mutubile will combine his new role with his current job as coach of the DR Congo's team for home-based players, whom he led to victory at the first ever African Nations Championship (CHAN) in March in the Ivory Coast.
China vows closer bonds with DR Congo

Xinhua - July 15, 2009

Wu Bangguo and Evariste BoshabChina and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) agreed on Wednesday to strengthen bonds between parliaments and ruling parties. The agreement was reached in a meeting between China's top legislator Wu Bangguo and Evariste Boshab, speaker of the DR Congo's National Assembly and secretary general of the People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD), the country's ruling party.
DR Congo criticises Mobutu ruling

BBC News - July 15, 2009

Lambert MendeThe Democratic Republic of Congo has criticised a Swiss court's decision to release the assets of its late ex-leader Mobutu Sese Seko to his family. Information Minister Lambert Mende told the BBC that Switzerland had not done enough to ensure the money was given back to the people of DR Congo.
Swiss court releases Mobutu money

BBC News - July 14, 2009

Mobutu Sese SekoA Swiss court has ruled that the assets of Mobutu Sese Seko, former leader of Zaire, now the DR Congo, who died in 1997, be returned to his family. The court rejected an appeal to extend a freeze on assets worth more than $6m that are held in Swiss bank accounts.
Civilians paying price of efforts to thwart DR Congo armed groups, UN envoy says

UN News - July 10, 2009

Alan DossCivilians are bearing the brunt of attempts to dismantle armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with the rebels carrying out vicious reprisals and some Government soldiers committing serious human rights abuses, the senior United Nations official to the country told the Security Council today.



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