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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.
North-Kivu: MONUC's position on the massacre of Kalonge

MONUC - February 22, 2008

Kivu mapThe United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) has taken note of the communiqué issued by the "Congrès National pour la Défense du Peuple" (CNDP) regarding the massacre of civilians in the Kalonge area in North Kivu in January of this year.
Concerns over acquittal of war crimes convict

IRIN - February 21, 2008

Bunia - IturiThe acquittal by a court in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of a militia leader convicted of war crimes has drawn criticism, with human rights activists saying the decision could set a bad precedent in a country where armed groups have committed atrocities against civilians with impunity.
Court announces verdict on the massive rapes of Waka and Lifumba

MONUC - February 20, 2008

Waka trialIn Equateur province, the Mbandaka Military Court announced its verdict on 18 February 2008 in Waka locality, more than 500 kilometers east of Mbandaka, where 38 women and young girls were raped in Waka and Lifumba in February 2006. The twelve Congolese police officers were condemned to between 5 and 20 year prison terms, and to the payment of 5,000 dollars in damages to each of the rape victims.
Katanga: Armed confrontations between FARDC troops in Kamina brassage centre

MONUC - February 19, 2008

Kamina - Katanga MapMONUC was informed that armed confrontations took place Sunday February 17, 2008, between ex-combatants of the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP), the political-military movement for Laurent Nkunda, and soldiers of the DRC Armed Forces (FARDC), all of which were in training in the Kamina base, located 600 km north-west of Lubumbashi, in Katanga province in south eastern DRC.



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