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UN looks to DR Congo withdrawal

BBC News - June 7, 2008

UN peacekeepers in CongoA UN Security Council team has mooted eventually withdrawing peacekeepers from the Democratic Republic of Congo - the world's largest UN mission. The prospect was raised when diplomats on a tour of Africa's hotspots met Congolese President Joseph Kabila in his palace on the River Congo's banks.
UN Condemns Attack on DRC Refugee Camp

VOA News - June 5, 2008

Alan DossUnited Nations officials are blaming Rwandan rebels for a deadly attack on a refugee camp in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The officials say fighters from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) killed nine people and wounded more than 20 when they opened fire Wednesday on the displaced persons' camp in Kinyandoni, North Kivu province.
Implementation of the Nairobi action plan underway

MONUC - May 30, 2008

Congo militia soldiersSince the launch of the implementation of the Nairobi Action plan, a series of measures have been implemented to put an end to the presence and illicit activities of the FDLR, the Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, and other foreign armed groups and rebels in eastern DRC. One of these is the Disarmament, Demobilization, Repatriation, Reinsertion and Reintegration (DDRRR) process.
Hundreds Protest Arrest of Jean-Pierre Bemba in DRC

VOA News - May 27, 2008

Jean-Pierre BembaAbout 1,000 people have marched in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa, to protest the arrest of former rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba on war crimes charges. The demonstrators Tuesday blew whistles, carried posters and chanted "Free Bemba."
Supporters of Congo's Jean-Pierre Bemba Say He's Not a Criminal

VOA News - May 27, 2008

Jean-Pierre BembaSupporters of former presidential candidate Jean-Pierre Bemba have accused the International Criminal Court of "politicizing Bemba's arrest. Belgian officials arrested 45-year-old Bemba late Saturday in a Brussels suburb on four charges of war crimes and two crimes against humanity.
Former DR Congo leader arrested

BBC News - May 25, 2008

Jean-Pierre BembaThe former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been arrested in Belgium on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Jean-Pierre Bemba, who fled Congo last year, was detained near Brussels late on Saturday after the International Criminal Court issued a warrant.
Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo arrested for crimes allegedly committed in the Central African Republic

ICC - May 24, 2008

Jean-Pierre BembaJean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, President and Commander in Chief of the Mouvement de libération du Congo (MLC), is alleged to be criminally responsible for four counts of war crimes and two counts of crimes against humanity committed on the territory of the Central African Republic from 25 October 2002 to 15 March 2003.
ICC Arrest Jean-Pierre Bemba

ICC - May 24, 2008

Jean-Pierre BembaJean-Pierre Bemba, charged by the ICC for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Central African Republic, was today arrested in the suburbs of Brussels, Belgium. Mr. Bemba is chairman of the Mouvement de libération du Congo (MLC), an armed group which intervened in the 2002-2003 armed conflict in Central African Republic (CAR) and pursued a plan of terrorizing and brutalizing innocent civilians, in particular during a campaign of massive rapes and looting. Mr Bemba had already used the same tactics in the past, in CAR, in the DRC, always leaving a trail of death and destruction behind him.
Two more African stadiums passed

BBC News - May 23, 2008

Stade des MartyrsThe DR Congo will be able to host their home matches in the first phase of Group 12 of the qualifiers against Egypt, Malawi and Djibouti. Like Sierra Leone, the stadium in Kinshasa is still subject to further inspections. The president of the DR Congo football association, Constant Omari Selemani, was delighted that the stadium in Kinshasa has been given the go-ahead to host games.
Appeal Court Clears Murdered Journalist's Two Friends

Reporters Without Borders - May 22, 2008

Serge Maheshe verdictThe verdict was issued yesterday by a Bukavu military court, which confirmed the death sentences for the two men previously convicted of carrying out the murder, Freddy Bisimwa Matabaro and Mugisho Rwenzagabo, also known as Mastakila, and sentenced a third civilian to death.



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