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Amnesty International: Laurent Nkunda and Bosco Ntaganda must face justice

Amnesty International - January 28, 2009

Laurent NkundaThe arrest of Laurent Nkunda should be followed by swift steps to prosecute him on charges that he committed war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Amnesty International said today. Any trial must be fair and exclude the death penalty. If states fail to do so, then the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has jurisdiction to seek to prosecute him. Since 2004, the ICC Prosecutor has been investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity in the DRC, particularly in the Ituri region, and has sought and obtained arrest warrants.
Rebel Integration Into Congo Army Fails to Begin

VOA News - January 28, 2009

CNDP soldiers in CongoPlans to begin integrating rebels from the Democratic Republic of Congo into the army have faltered, highlighting the challenges of bringing peace to the troubled region.
Uganda Reports Arrest of Rebel Commander

VOA News - January 28, 2009

Kisangani - CongoState-owned radio in Uganda reports that troops have arrested a top commander of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army. The report says Okot Odhiambo was captured in Congo's Garamba Forest as he tried to escape to the Central African Republic.
North Kivu: Joint Congolese-Rwandan Operations Continue

MISNA - January 26, 2009

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesRwandan and Congolese troops are continuing in the joint operation against the Democratic Force for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in east Democratic Republic of Congo, United Nations sources confirmed to MISNA, adding that little information is emerging on developments.
DR Congo peace talks suspended after arrest of rebel leader

XINHUA - January 24, 2009

NairobiThe UN-backed talks between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) and eastern rebel group which began in Nairobi last month in a bid to end the bloody conflict has been suspended after the arrest of the rebel leader Gen. Laurent Nkunda.
Warlord Laurent Nkunda Arrested

Congo News Agency - January 23, 2009

Laurent NkundaWarlord Laurent Nkunda, the eastern Congo rebel leader accused of numerous war crimes and crimes against humanity, has been arrested in Rwanda while fleeing a joint Congolese-Rwandan military operation to arrest him.
DR Congo's rebel leader arrested

BBC News - January 23, 2009

Laurent KundaGen Laurent Nkunda, leader of the strongest rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has been arrested, the military says. He was detained in Rwanda after resisting a joint Rwandan-Congolese operation to arrest him, officials say.
Mixed Reaction Greets Rwandan Troops in DRC to Fight Rebels

VOA News - January 21, 2009

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesThere is mixed reaction after residents in the restive town of Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province heard announcement that Rwandan forces are in the country to fight rebels. This comes after Kinshasa invited Kigali troops to chase down the Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda rebels after a recent agreement last year between Congo President Joseph Kabila and Rwanda President Paul Kagame.
Barack Hussein Obama Becomes 44th US President

VOA News - January 21, 2009

Barack and Michelle ObamaBarack Obama has become the 44th President of the United States, taking the oath of office on the steps of the U.S. Capitol before a crowd of more than one million people who had gathered in frigid temperatures to see the first African American become president.
UN-backed talks in DR Congo making slow progress, envoy tells Security Council

VOA News - January 15, 2009

Olusegun ObasanjoTensions between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda are beginning to thaw as on-going peace talks, aimed at ending fighting in the east of the DRC between the Government and the main rebel militia in the region, are making slow progress, the United Nations envoy facilitating negotiations told the Security Council today.



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