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More children drafted by armed groups in eastern DR Congo, UNICEF finds

UN News - December 2, 2008

Children in eastern CongoThe UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said at least five youngsters were recently drafted in the town of Kitshanga in North Kivu province, where fighting has recently flared between the Government army, the Congress in Defence of the People (CNDP) led by rebel general Laurent Nkunda, and the Mayi Mayi militia.
Human Rights Council adopts resolution on human rights in eastern Congo

Human Rights Council - December 1, 2008

Martin Ihoeghian UhomoobhiThe Human Rights Council today concluded its eighth special session on the situation of human rights in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and adopted a resolution in which it condemned the acts of violence, human rights violations and abuses committed in Kivu.
Government Sends 2009 Budget to Parliament

Congo News Agency - December 1, 2008

Congo parliamentPrime Minister Adolphe Muzito has sent the government's 2009 budget proposal to the Parliament. The $4.97 billion spending plan was introduced on Friday, November 27, and represents a 61.8% increase compared to the 2008 budget.
Congo Government Calls Human Rights Watch Allegations Unfounded

Congo News Agency - November 28, 2008

Lambert MendeFour members of the government held a press conference on Wednesday to respond to the latest Human Rights Watch report on the Democratic Republic of Congo. The government spokesperson, Lambert Mende, challenged the rights group to provide proof of its allegations. He asked Human Rights Watch to list the names of political opponents who were allegedly killed by government agents in the last two years since the election of President Joseph Kabila.
Human rights violations spiralling out of control in DR Congo, warns UN official

UN News - November 27, 2008

Congo - Rwanda borderThe top United Nations human rights official today urged the international community to take urgent action to stop the deteriorating cycle of sexual violence, bloodshed and destruction in the war-torn eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Malu-Malu: Laurent Nkunda lacks the means to overthrow the government

Congo News Agency - November 27, 2008

Apolinaire Malu-MaluApolinaire Malu-Malu, the coordinator of the Amani Program, which resulted in the signing of the Goma peace accords between the government and rebel groups in January, has said in an interview with Belgian newspaper Le Soir that warlord Laurent Nkunda "has the power to annoy" but lacks the means to overthrow the Government.
Laurent Nkunda's War on Democracy in Congo

Congo News Agency - November 25, 2008

Senatorial Elections - CongoNo one has elected Laurent Nkunda, or mandated him to speak and wage one of the deadliest wars of our times on their behalf. The truth is, Laurent Nkunda has imposed himself on a population that had just elected its leaders less than two years ago in what most national and international observers have called free and fair elections.
Mobutu's Millions in Swiss Banks to be Returned to Family

Congo News Agency - November 24, 2008

Mobutu Sese SekoSwiss authorities have indicated that 8.3 million US dollars in funds belonging to Mobutu Sese Seko will be returned to his family on December 15, 2008. The funds were frozen on May 17, 1997 after the death of the former Congolese president.
SADC sends fact-finding mission in DR Congo amid post-conflict lull

XINHUA - November 24, 2008

Southern African Development Community - SADCMilitary officials of southern African countries have been in the troubled Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) on a fact-finding mission since Friday amid a lull after the recent conflict between the government army and Tutsi rebels.
Security Council authorizes boost to UN peacekeeping force in DR Congo

UN News - November 20, 2008

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoThe Security Council today authorized a temporary increase of more than 3,000 blue helmets serving with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to deal with the violence in the country’s east, which has displaced an estimated 250,000 civilians in recent months.







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