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Human Rights Watch Accuses Congo Rebels of Killing Civilians

VOA News - November 7, 2008

Laurent NkundaU.S.-based group Human Rights Watch has accused Congolese Tutsi rebels of war crimes for the alleged killing of numerous civilians in the town of Kiwanja. Rights group urges "judicial authorities either from the International Criminal Court or from national jurisdictions to urgently look at what happened and to ensure that actors not just from these killings that happened in Kiwanja but from other towns as well over the past few years are held to account and are arrested".
President Joseph Kabila Sends Congratulatory Message to President-Elect Barack Obama

Congo Planet - November 6, 2008

Joseph Kabila and Barack ObamaIt is with immense pleasure that I send you the heartfelt congratulations of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), following your historic election to the presidency of the United States of America.
Video: Dikembe Mutombo talks to CNN about Barack Obama and the humanitarian situation in Congo

Congo Planet - November 6, 2008

Dikembe MutomboBasketball star and Congo native Dikembe Mutombo cast his first vote as an American citizen on Tuesday. In an interview with CNN Dikembe Mutombo talks about Barack Obama and the humanitarian situation in Congo.
Congolese Celebrate Historic Barack Obama Win

Congo News Agency - November 5, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama and his familyPeople erupted in joy early Wednesday morning as Barack Obama was declared the winner. On the streets of Kinshasa, honking cars greeted the announcement as people gathered to talk about the win and what it may mean for the Congo, Africa, and the world.
Why Congolese Hope Barack Obama Wins U.S. Presidential Election

Congo News Agency - November 4, 2008

Barack ObamaA bill introduced by U.S. Senator Barack Obama, in his first year in the Senate, supports the Congolese government position that the presence of Rwandan Hutu militias (FLDR) and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in eastern Congo is being used as a "pretext" by Rwanda and Uganda to continue their "interference" in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
International Criminal Court Prosecutor Investigating Laurent Nkunda and CNDP for War Crimes

ICC - November 4, 2008

Bosco NtagandaThe Prosecutor again urges all actors, including regional and international organizations, to support and work together with the DRC authorities, in particular in the execution of the arrest warrant issued by the ICC against Bosco Ntaganda.  He plays an active role in the current conflict in North Kivu as the chief of staff of Laurent Nkunda's Congrès National pour la Défense du Peuple (CNDP), and in this context, is accused of participating in the ongoing commission of crimes.
Ban Ki-moon appoints Olusegun Obasanjo as his Special Envoy to the DRC

UN News - November 4, 2008

Olusegun Obasanjo“The conflict along the Rwandan and Congolese border has gone on too long, with catastrophic consequences,” Mr. Ban said. “We need peace – an end to fighting so that the region’s people can enjoy a measure of stability and prosperity.”
U.S. May Designate Laurent Nkunda's CNDP a Terrorist Organisation

Congo News Agency - November 2, 2008

Laurent NkundaThere are talks in Washington about adding warlord Laurent Nkunda's National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP) to the United States list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs). Washington has become increasingly frustrated with the warlord's actions in eastern Congo, which have caused the deaths and displacement of numerous innocent civilians.
50,000 unaccounted for as Laurent Nkunda's Rebels Burn Refugee Camps

Congo News Agency - November 1, 2008

DRC refugee campUNHCR humanitarian partners have reported to the agency that several camps for internally displaced people near the North Kivu town of Rutshuru have been forcibly emptied, looted and burned by Laurent Nkunda’s rebels. The UNHCR Chief Spokesman Ron Redmond told journalists in Geneva that the agency was “extremely concerned about the fate of some 50,000 displaced people living in these camps, which include the UNHCR-administered sites of Dumez, Nyongera and Kasasa as well as several makeshift settlements”.
No Popular Support for Laurent Nkunda in Congo

Congo News Agency - October 31, 2008

Kivu - Congo - IDPsLaurent Nkunda’s new argument for continuing his unpopular war is that he wants “to liberate the entire country”. This assertion would be laughable if it didn’t have such tragic consequences. The vast majority of Congolese do not support his rebellion. Congolese have never supported, and will never support, a rebellion backed by Rwanda. The rebels have lots of guns, and support in Rwanda, but they lack popular support in Congo.



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