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The Congolese government establishes a panel to review mining contracts

MONUC - March 28, 2008

Martin KabweluluDuring a press conference held on 24 March 2008 in his office, Mining Minister Martin Kabwelulu announced the establishment of a panel to review mining contracts, following the publication of the final report of the Review Commission set up by the Technical Cell for Mining Planning and Coordination (CTPCM). Among others, the tasks of the panel will be to readjust the share of the State in the different partnerships, said the Minister.
Fear, uncertainty deter North Kivu IDPs from going home

IRIN - March 26, 2008

Mugunga Camp - GomaHundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are reluctant to go back to their villages for fear of attacks despite a truce signed in January between the government and various armed groups.
Victims of Bas-Congo violence in urgent need of medical care

IRIN - March 25, 2008

Congo mapA medical charity has expressed concerns that people wounded during clashes between the police and supporters of a politico-religious sect in the Bas-Congo province in southwest Democratic Republic of Congo are not receiving any medical help.
DR Congo bans sect after clashes

BBC News - March 22, 2008

Ne-Muanda NsemiThe Democratic Republic of Congo has banned a separatist religious sect in the west of the country following a bloody crackdown on the group. President Joseph Kabila's government withdrew recognition of Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) as a non-profit organisation.
Mining deals cancelled in Congo

BBC News - March 20, 2008

Lubumbashi - MinesThe Democratic Republic of Congo is to cancel "many" mining contracts and renegotiate others, a minister says. The government said it wanted to ensure that the country`s vast mineral wealth was used to benefit its people. Many Congolese suspect that mining deals are often corrupt and campaign group Global Witness says the review was hit by a lack of transparency.
DR Congo to reveal mining deals

BBC News - March 20, 2008

Gecamines - KatangaThe Democratic Republic of Congo is to announce new mining deals a year after at least 60 contracts were suspended. The government said it wanted to ensure that the country's vast mineral wealth was used to benefit its people.
Launch of the national campaign against sexual violence in the DRC

MONUC - March 19, 2008

Congo womenThe Ministry of Gender, Family and Child, in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and members of the ?Initiative Conjointe de lutte contre les violences sexuelles? (the joint initiative to fight against sexual violence) officially launched on 18 March 2008 in Kinshasa, the national awareness campaign and plea about sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
USAID: assistance to the DRC is expected to surpass $100 million this fiscal year

MONUC - March 18, 2008

Henrietta ForeUS development assistance to the DRC is expected to surpass $100 million this fiscal year, declared Henrietta Fore, USAID Administrator and Director of US foreign assistance during her visit to the DRC from 15 to 17 March 2008. This would bring total US contributions for 2008 up to $500 million, compared with $460 million in 2007.
Security Council wants eastern Congo armed groups to lay down arms and surrender to authorities

United Nations Security Council - March 13, 2008

Un Security CouncilGravely concerned that the continued presence of armed groups and militias in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo perpetuated a climate of insecurity in the whole region, the Security Council demanded today that their members immediately lay down their arms and turn themselves in to Congolese and United Nations Mission authorities for disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, resettlement and reintegration.
Funds to boost stability in Ituri

IRIN - March 12, 2008

Ross MountainThe international community has released US$7 million as a first tranche of aid this year to stabilise the troubled district of Ituri in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ross Mountain, UN resident coordinator and special representative of the UN Secretary-General in the country, said.







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