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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.
Representative of the Secretary General for human rights visits the DRC

MONUC - February 18, 2008

Walter KälinThe Representative of the UN Secretary General on the rights of internally displaced persons, Mr. Walter Kälin, is paying a work visit to the DRC from 12-22 February, 2008. The goal of the visit is to examine the situation in the country concerning internal displacements of the population, and to engage in dialogue with the government, the internally displaced, and the actors concerned.
Security Council extends arms embargo on Democratic Republic of Congo until 31 March, unanimously adopting Resolution 1799 (2008)

Security Council - February 15, 2008

Un Security CouncilDetermining that the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continued to constitute a threat to international peace and security in the region, the Security Council decided this morning to extend the sanctions regime for that country, due to expire today, until 31 March.
DRC signs a $390 million five year governance programme with the UNDP

MONUC - February 14, 2008

UNDP - CongoDRC Foreign Affairs Minister Antipas Mbusa Nyamwisi and Ross Mountain, the Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), signed a new governance programme for the DRC in Kinshasa on Thursday February 14, 2008. The signature signifies the effective start of the vast programme, primarily aimed at promoting a system of stable and legitimate governance which favours durable human development.
MONUC: There is no justification for the recruitment of children into armed groups

MONUC - February 13, 2008

Congo child soldiersAnnually on 12 February, the world celebrates the International Day of Children Associated with Armed Forces and Groups. DR Congo is one of six African countries that have the most children in armed forces or groups. We interviewed Judith Lavoie, head of MONUC's Child Protection Division, who explained what MONUC is doing to help bring an end to child recruitment in the DRC.
North Kivu: Mr. Doss welcomes the progress achieved in the follow up of the Goma conference

MONUC - February 11, 2008

Alan Doss - MONUCMr. Alan Doss, the Special representative of the UN Secretary General in the DRC, accompanied by MONUC Force commander General Babacar Gaye, paid a visit to Goma on Saturday 9 February 2008, in order to make a progress report on the follow-up of the Goma conference. He welcomed the progress achieved and called on all armed groups to respect the act of engagement.
Congolese military justice officials trained in sex crime investigation

MONUC - February 11, 2008

MONUCMONUC's Rule of Law division in conjunction with the American Defence Institute of International Legal Studies organized a four-day comprehensive judicial capacity building training workshop on sex crime investigation, targeting 42 military investigators, prosecutors and magistrates, drawn from the entire province of Orientale. The legal technical training, which was the first of its kind commenced on 30 January 2008 in Kisangani, Orientale.
Third Congo Warlord to Face Justice

IWPR - February 7, 2008

Mathieu NgudjoloHuman rights groups hope the arrest of a former rebel leader from the Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, will lead international prosecutors higher up the chain to other military and civilian leaders accusing of committing atrocities in local wars. Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, the former leader of the militia group called the National Integrationist Front, FNI, was arrested by the DRC authorities in the capital Kinshasa on February 6 and transferred immediately to the custody of the International Criminal Court, ICC. He arrived at the war crimes court's headquarters the following day.
Aru: Congolese flag flies again in Kengezi base

MONUC - February 6, 2008

MONUCAfter a successful meeting held in southern Sudan on 2 February 2008, between the governor of Orientale province, Medard Autsai Asenga, and his Sudanese counterpart of the Province of Central Equateur, Major General Clément Wani Konga, an agreement was concluded to put an end to an old frontier conflict, exacerbated by the incidents of 24January last in Kengezi base.







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