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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.
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.
Gorilla rangers execution threat

BBC News - March 9, 2008

Congo gorillasRebels who have seized control of eastern DR Congo's Gorilla Sector have said they will execute any wildlife ranger who attempts to enter the area. Despite the recent signing of a peace deal, a group of rebels have set up a parallel administration in Virunga National Park.
UN coordinates demining in southern DR Congo after anti-tank devices found

UN News - March 7, 2008

Anti-tank devicesThe United Nations and its partners are clearing a road in Katanga province in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after two anti-tank mines were discovered on a key route, the UN peacekeeping mission in the country said today.
Fears over increasing sect-related violence in southwest

IRIN - March 6, 2008

Ne-Muanda NsemiThe violence that has claimed several lives in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, after clashes between a religious sect and the national police, could spread further, local activists and officials warned.
Launch of a Parity Observatory in the DRC

MONUC - March 6, 2008

Congo womenIn the lead up to International Woman's Day, celebrated on 8 March each year, a Parity Observatory in the DRC was launched, which has the role of ensuring a permanent follow-up on the progress of parity for women at the social, economic, and policy levels in the DRC, while supervising and stimulating implementation of effective gender equality.
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.
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.







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