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Ben Affleck films DR Congo crisis

BBC News - June 27, 2008

Ben AffleckActor Ben Affleck has said he made a TV report on the Democratic Republic of Congo because the humanitarian crisis there deserved "our eyes and our ears". The Oscar-winner visited refugee camps, warlords and hospitals while in the African country to record a film for Nightline, on US channel ABC.
Mandela joins stars at London gig

BBC News - June 27, 2008

Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela joined music stars on stage at a concert in London's Hyde Park to celebrate his 90th birthday. As well as marking the former South African president's personal milestone, the concert raised funds for Mr Mandela's HIV/Aids charity 46664.
ICC: confirmation hearing against Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui

CPI - June 27, 2008

Germain KatangaThe Prosecutor charges Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui for deliberately planning and executing the attack against the village of Bogoro, on or around 24 February 2003.
Bukavu: Launch of "Zero Children Associated with Armed Groups"

MONUC - June 24, 2008

Bukavu - Zero child soldiers campaignMonday 23 June 2008 marked the official launch in Bukavu of the public awareness campaign entitled "Zero Children Associated with Armed Forces and Groups," sponsored by the DR Congo's First Lady Mrs. Olive Kabila, and organised by the National Programme of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (UEPN-DDR, ex CONADER).
ICC to Hear Arguments Tuesday About the Possible Release of Congo Rebel Leader Lubanga

VOA News - June 23, 2008

Thomas LubangaThe International Criminal Court (ICC) will hear arguments Tuesday about the evidence against Thomas Lubanga, the former leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) militia from eastern Congo. He has been held in The Hague, Netherlands, since March 2006 on charges of committing war crimes by recruiting children as militia members.
Ugandan Rebel Leader Calls for Return to Negotiations

VOA News - June 23, 2008

Joseph Kony"As the chairman of the Lord's Resistance Army I want these peace talks to resume back again to Juba," he said. "I want to go to table back again to Juba and I need also not to fight again with Uganda government."
UN classifies rape a 'war tactic'

BBC News - June 20, 2008

Un Security CouncilThe UN Security Council has voted unanimously in favour of a resolution classifying rape as a weapon of war. The document describes the deliberate use of rape as a tactic in war and a threat to international security.
DR Congo troops prepare to move in on Ugandan rebels

XINHUA - June 19, 2008

Joseph KonyThe Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will very soon launch a new operation to track down and expel elements of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a Ugandan rebel group, from the east of the country, according to official sources.
UN 'lied' in report on Bas-Congo killings - govt

IRIN - June 18, 2008

Bas-Congo province mapThe government of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has dismissed as "mendacious" a UN report that accused police of killing 100 civilians in Bas-Congo province. On 13 June, the UN mission in DRC, MONUC, released a report following an investigation into the actions of a contingent of Kinshasa-based police against members of the Bundu dia Kongo sect in several areas of Bas-Congo. The report said at least 100 people, most of them sect members, had been killed on 28 February.
UN, US Pressure Mounts Against FDLR Rebels in Eastern DRC

VOA News - June 17, 2008

Congo - Rwanda borderThe United States is re-emphasizing a reward program of up to $5 million per person to get information about 13 Rwandan genocide suspects still believed to be in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This comes as the U.N. peacekeeping mission says it is trying to be more forceful in pushing the Rwandan fighters out of Congo.



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