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Mine Awareness Day, North Kivu's harmless-looking, but deadly killers

UNHCR - April 4, 2008

Anti-tank devicesWorld attention will focus today on the scourge of landmines, but for tens of thousands of displaced people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) the deadly weapons are a daily concern.
Five year UN agency action plan for the DRC launched

MONUC - April 3, 2008

UN - Congo In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kinshasa on 3 April 2008, the DRC government and the UN agencies of UNICEF, UNDP and UNFPA signed a new five year programme action plan for the country, for the years 2008 to 2012.
SA to strengthen ties with DRC, funds needed

SABC News - April 3, 2008

Joseph Kabila - Thabo MbekiA serious lack of funding is hampering the implementation of several agreements between South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo. High-level government officials from the two countries are now hammering out strategies to find adequate resources. They are expected to present their reports to Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Joseph Kabila during the final day of the South Africa - DRC Binational Commission, underway in Pretoria.
US Lawmakers Consider Proposals to Curb Rape as Weapon of War

VOA News - April 1, 2008

Dick DurbinA U.S. Senate hearing focused on the use of rape as a weapon in armed conflicts, and what the United States can do to try to crackdown on the practice.
Security Council extends arms embargo and monitoring group

UN News - March 31, 2008

Un Security CouncilThe United Nations Security Council today extended until the end of the year its arms embargo and other sanctions meant to keep weapons out of the hands of militias in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which it said continue to threaten stability in the eastern part of the vast country.
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.







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