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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.
UN submits report on violence in Bas-Congo

XINHUA - May 22, 2008

Ne-Muanda NsemiThe United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has sent a report on the February 2008 violence in the Bas-Congo province to the Congolese authorities, the world body said in a press release Wednesday.
LRA regional atrocities demand action

Human Rights Watch - May 19, 2008

Joseph KonyInternational action is needed to end the Lord's Resistance Army's reported new spree of abductions and sexual violence and to help execute arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court for the group's leaders, Human Rights Watch said today.
Huge Congo-China Mining Deal Questioned

VOA News - May 15, 2008

Gecamines - KatangaA huge mining deal between the Democratic Republic of Congo and China is getting extra scrutiny as critics say it does not provide enough benefits for ordinary Congolese. But the government says it is crucial to the country's development.
After two key deals, what progress towards peace in North Kivu?

IRIN - May 14, 2008

Nkunda soldiersTwo agreements signed since the end of 2007 offer some hope for an end to more than a decade of violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), even if fighting has continued and a lasting solution has yet to be found to the presence in the region of Rwandan Hutu rebels, according to analysts.
Workshop held to validate the priority action plan for the stabilisation of Ituri

MONUC - May 13, 2008

MONUC - IturiThe technical validation of the "Priority Action Plan for the Stabilisation and Community Reconstruction of Ituri" took place on Thursday 8 May 2008 in Bunia, Ituri district, during a workshop chaired by Mr. François Xavier Kubele Nesele, provincial Minister for planning, budget, trade, industry, and small and medium-sized enterprises.







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