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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.
Great Lakes hit by deadly quakes

BBC News - February 3, 2008

Great Lakes quakeAt least 30 people have been killed and more than 300 hurt in a series of quakes in Africa's Great Lakes region. The two most powerful occurred hours apart in the Democratic Republic of Congo and neighbouring Rwanda, with magnitudes of 6.0 and 5.0 respectively.
UNHCR: Congolese refugees repatriated from Tanzania passes 50,000 mark

MONUC - February 2, 2008

Congolese refugeesThe number of repatriated Congolese refugees from Tanzania with the assistance of the UNHCR has now exceeded 50,000. This was reached on Tuesday 29 January last when the chartered ship, MV Mwongozo, left the Tanzanian port of Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika with 184 refugees on board.
Bilateral meeting held between DRC and Ugandan Defence Ministers

MONUC - January 31, 2008

Congolese and Ugandan officialsAs a follow up of the Ngurdoto-Tanzania Agreement signed on 8 September 2007, between H.E President Yoweri Museveni of the Republic of Uganda and H.E President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the decisions of the Fifth Session of the Uganda-DRC Joint Permanent Commission (JPC), the Ministerial meeting on Defence and security of the two countries, was held on 28-30 January 2008 in Beni, DRC.
UN SC authorizes MONUC to organize, conduct local elections

United Nations Security Council - January 31, 2008

Un Security CouncilThe Security Council, reaffirming its commitment to contribute to the consolidation of peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's post-transition period, today authorized the United Nations Mission there to assist the Congolese authorities in organizing, preparing and conducting local elections.
Fears for Congo boat passengers

BBC - January 30, 2008

Congo MapMore than 55 passengers are feared dead after a boat sank on Lake Tanganyika, off the Democratic Republic of Congo. The vessel was travelling from the town of Kalemie, in the south-east, to Moba at the time.
Child recruitment continues in over one dozen countries, reports Ban Ki-moon

UN News - January 29, 2008

Ban Ki-MoonThe practice continues in Afghanistan, Burundi, Chad, the Central African Republic (CAR), Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Sri Lanka and Uganda, Mr. Ban notes in his latest report on children and armed conflict, covering the period from October 2006 to August 2007.
Visit of UK representatives to Mbandaka

MONUC - January 29, 2008

UK representatives in MbandakaMr. Barry Gardiner, the special envoy of the British Prime Minister, visited Mbandaka from 23-24 January 2008, accompanied by the Congolese minister for the Environment Jose Endondo and the UK Ambassador in the DRC Nick Kay.
Ban Ki-moon hails agreement to end violence in eastern DR Congo

UN News - January 25, 2008

Ban Ki-moonSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the agreement reached today between the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and armed groups in the country's war-torn east as an "important step," pledging the United Nations' continuing support to end the suffering of the population there.



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