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Mining ban fails to end armed control of trade, says Global Witness

Global Witness - March 4, 2011

Global WitnessThe Congolese government's decision this week to lift a ban on the mining and export of minerals from the country's eastern provinces is long overdue, says Global Witness today. The campaign group questioned what has been achieved since restrictions were imposed nearly six months ago.
Rwandan rebel leader Callixte Mbarushimana sent to ICC

BBC News - January 25, 2011

FDLR leader Callixte MbarushimanaThe head of a Rwandan rebel group accused of committing war crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been extradited from France to The Hague. Callixte Mbarushimana was arrested in Paris last October, following a request from the International Criminal Court.
Great Lakes Regional Summit to Focus on Congo Resource Exploitation

VOA News - December 15, 2010

ColtanEleven heads of state and government are to meet Wednesday in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, at a Great Lakes regional summit to look at the problem of illegal exploitation of natural resources in eastern Congo and the negative consequences this has had for the region.
UN Sanctions FDLR Leaders, CNDP Rebel Commander Integrated into Army

Congo News Agency - December 2, 2010

UN Security CouncilThe United Nations Security Council imposed targeted measures including travel bans and asset freezes on three Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) leaders and a former Congrès National pour la Défense du Peuple (CNDP) commander integrated in the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC), on Wednesday, at the request of the permanent missions to the United Nations of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
UN Report: CNDP, Congolese Soldiers Involved in Illegal Mining Operations

Congo News Agency - November 30, 2010

CNDP soldiers in CongoA report by a group of experts monitoring UN sanctions on the Democratic Republic of Congo has implicated former CNDP soldiers, now part of the Congolese Armed Forces, in the illegal exploitation of mineral resources in eastern Congo. The report says that “units of the former Congrès national pour la défense du peuple (CNDP) in FARDC have gained military control over most of the strategic areas rich in natural resources in the Kivus, presenting a challenge to their integration into FARDC.”
US Welcomes Arrest of Callixte Mbarushimana

U.S. Department of State/Philip J. Crowley - October 13, 2010

Callixte MbarushimanaThe United States welcomes the October 11, 2010 arrest by French authorities of Callixte Mbarushimana, indicted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2009. As a top official of the FDLR, Mbarushimana had also been listed in 2008 for targeted UN and U.S. sanctions.
FDLR leader Callixte Mbarushimana arrested in France on ICC warrant

ICC - October 11, 2010

FDLR leader Callixte MbarushimanaIn accordance with the warrant of arrest issued under seals by the judges of the International Criminal Court on 28 September, 2010, the French authorities arrested Mr Callixte Mbarushimana, suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Kivu provinces, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Rusesabagina Welcomes Congo Report, Warns of Another Genocide in Rwanda

VOA News - October 6, 2010

Paul RusesabaginaPaul Rusesabagina, who is the subject of the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda, says the long history of conflict in the Congo is due in large part to conflict minerals. A Hutu who sheltered more than 1,200 Tutsi during the genocide, Paul Rusesabagina, says the report revealed unspoken truths about the region's history. He says the simmering ethnic tensions that triggered the 1994 genocide have returned to present day Rwanda, and warns the country is heading down the same path.
Action needed to investigate a decade of crimes in the DRC

Amnesty International - October 1, 2010

Refugees in DR CongoThe publication of the UN mapping report documenting gross human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a significant first step, but concrete action is needed to ensure that those responsible are held to account. The cycle of violence and abuses will only stop if those responsible for crimes under international law are held to account.
UN DR Congo Report Exposes Grave Crimes

Human Rights Watch - October 1, 2010

Rwandan refugees in DR CongoOn October 1, 2010, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights published the report of its human rights mapping exercise on Congo. United Nations members should make a concerted international effort to initiate judicial investigations into grave human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo documented by the UN and bring those responsible to justice.







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