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Sweden Suspends Aid to Rwanda Following UN Report

VOA News - December 17, 2008

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesSweden has announced it is cutting aid to Rwanda following a United Nations report indicating the country is supporting Tutsi rebels in their fight against the government in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In a statement Wednesday, the Swedish government said it is taking the report seriously and has stopped payment on the more than $10 million in aid it was scheduled to send to Rwanda.
Laurent Nkunda rebels resume attacks on civilians in eastern DR Congo - UN

UN News - December 17, 2008

Alan DossElements from a mainly Tutsi rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are continuing to commit abuses, beating and detaining civilians and pillaging businesses and private homes, the United Nations reported today, calling for an end to the violence.
Laurent Nkunda's rebels reportedly pressuring displaced Congolese to return home - UN

UN News - December 16, 2008

Congo refugeesThe United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today said it is very concerned about reports that rebels are putting pressure on those displaced by the deadly fighting in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to return to their villages.
UN Accuses Rwanda's Paul Kagame of Supporting Warlord Laurent Nkunda

Congo News Agency - December 12, 2008

Paul Kagame and Laurent NkundaA United Nations panel of experts has once again accused Rwanda's President Paul Kagame and his government of supporting warlord Laurent Nkunda in his years-long killing spree in eastern Congo. A report presented to the Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council on Friday says that Rwandan authorities "have been complicit in the recruitment of soldiers, including children, have facilitated the supply of military equipment and have sent officers and units" from the Rwandan army to help warlord Laurent Nkunda.
Human Rights Watch Details Summary Executions in DRC

VOA News - December 12, 2008

Laurent NkundaU.S.-based Human Rights Watch has described in chilling detail an attack last month in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in which about 150 people were killed not far from a U.N. peacekeeping base. The human rights group says most of those killed in Kiwanja on November 4 and 5 were shot or hacked to death by ethnic Tutsi rebels after the rebels repulsed an attack by pro-government militia.
DR Congo peace talks adjourned until next week

XINHUA - December 12, 2008

Olusegun ObasanjoThe Talks between the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) and a main rebel group are making steady progress but have been adjourned until next week, mediators said on Friday. The Nairobi peace talks which began earlier this week will adjourn until Dec. 17, Olusegun Obasanjo, the UN Special Envoy and former Nigerian president said in a statement.
Human Rights Watch: 150 people killed in Kiwanja as UN force stood by

Human Rights Watch - December 11, 2008

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoOn November 4-5, 2008, an estimated 150 people were killed in the town of Kiwanja in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, half a mile away from United Nations peacekeeping forces. The event marks one of the worst killing sprees in North Kivu in the past two years. Most of those killed were summarily executed by forces of rebel commander Laurent Nkunda's National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP).
DR Congo peace talks start in Kenya

XINHUA - December 9, 2008

Nairobi - KenyaTalks aimed at restoring peace in the war-ravaged eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) kicked off in Nairobi, Kenya, on Monday with mediators calling on both sides to lay down their arms for the sake of stability in the Great Lakes Region. Kenyan Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula urged the warring parties to put aside their differences and pursue the path of peace.
More children drafted by armed groups in eastern DR Congo, UNICEF finds

UN News - December 2, 2008

Children in eastern CongoThe UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said at least five youngsters were recently drafted in the town of Kitshanga in North Kivu province, where fighting has recently flared between the Government army, the Congress in Defence of the People (CNDP) led by rebel general Laurent Nkunda, and the Mayi Mayi militia.
Congo Government Calls Human Rights Watch Allegations Unfounded

Congo News Agency - November 28, 2008

Lambert MendeFour members of the government held a press conference on Wednesday to respond to the latest Human Rights Watch report on the Democratic Republic of Congo. The government spokesperson, Lambert Mende, challenged the rights group to provide proof of its allegations. He asked Human Rights Watch to list the names of political opponents who were allegedly killed by government agents in the last two years since the election of President Joseph Kabila.







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