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Gorilla rangers execution threat

BBC News - March 9, 2008

Congo gorillasRebels who have seized control of eastern DR Congo's Gorilla Sector have said they will execute any wildlife ranger who attempts to enter the area. Despite the recent signing of a peace deal, a group of rebels have set up a parallel administration in Virunga National Park.
UN coordinates demining in southern DR Congo after anti-tank devices found

UN News - March 7, 2008

Anti-tank devicesThe United Nations and its partners are clearing a road in Katanga province in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after two anti-tank mines were discovered on a key route, the UN peacekeeping mission in the country said today.
Fears over increasing sect-related violence in southwest

IRIN - March 6, 2008

Ne-Muanda NsemiThe violence that has claimed several lives in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, after clashes between a religious sect and the national police, could spread further, local activists and officials warned.
Launch of a Parity Observatory in the DRC

MONUC - March 6, 2008

Congo womenIn the lead up to International Woman's Day, celebrated on 8 March each year, a Parity Observatory in the DRC was launched, which has the role of ensuring a permanent follow-up on the progress of parity for women at the social, economic, and policy levels in the DRC, while supervising and stimulating implementation of effective gender equality.
Ross Mountain: Western Congo has not been forgotten

MONUC - March 3, 2008

Ross MountainRoss Mountain, Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in the DRC and resident UN Humanitarian coordinator, made a visit to Mbandaka, Equateur province on 1 March 2008, where he explained that western DRC has not been overlooked by MONUC and its international partners.
Lubanga Trial Delay Concerns

IWPR - February 29, 2008

Thomas LubangaThe judge hearing the case against Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga has expressed concern at continuing delays to the start the International Criminal Court's first-ever trial. The case was set to begin March 31at ICC courtrooms in The Hague but now seems unlikely to start before mid-June and could be pushed back even further. "I will make no secret of the fact of my real frustration, already expressed in no uncertain terms in open court, about delays in getting our first trial up and running," said British judge Adrian Fulford recently to a group of diplomats and human rights representatives in The Hague.
Comment: Judicial Appointments Violate Constitution

IWPR - February 29, 2008

Congo-Kinshasa Supreme Court in sessionWhat is the purpose of the constitution of the Democratic Republic of Congo if it is constantly violated by those who should ensure its application? That's what happened on February 9 when President Joseph Kabila put out to pasture 92 judges and prosecutors, including the supreme court chief and the attorney general, and replaced them with 26 appointees.
Chaos in the Courts

IWPR - February 27, 2008

Congo-Kinhasa Supreme Court in sessionThe recent acquittal of former militia leader Kahwa Panga Mandro, better known in the troubled eastern region of Ituri as Chief Kahwa, has sparked a wave of outrage across the sprawling Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC. Although first convicted and sentenced for war crimes and crimes against humanity in February 2005, the appeals court in the northeastern city of Kisangani overturned that verdict, saying Chief Kahwa was covered by the country's amnesty law.
Round table talks on DRC Security Sector Reform

MONUC - February 26, 2008

Denis KalumeThe opening ceremony of two days of round table talks on the DRC Security Sector Reform, which aims at a reform of the DRC Armed Forces (FARDC) and the National Congolese Police (PNC), was held in Kinshasa on 25 February 2008.
Allies demand an end to the use of child soldiers

Church World Service - February 25, 2008

Congo child soldierIn more than 50 countries around the world children are being kidnapped and forced to become child soldiers. Child soldiers are children younger then eighteen who are directly or indirectly used as combatants, porters, human mine detectors, sex slaves, and/ or for other forms of forced labor. Child soldiers are used by both non-governmental paramilitaries and governments.







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