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Call for judicial reform, justice for rape victims

IRIN - March 8, 2005

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and international donors must take urgent steps to reform the country's legal system and ensure justice for victims of sexual violence, the international advocacy group, Human Rights Watch (HRW), said on Monday in a new report.


Situation in Ituri IDP camps "alarming" - MSF, OCHA

IRIN - March 7, 2005

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) resumed its relief activities on Friday in camps for thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ituri District, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), after eight days of what has been described as an "alarming" health situation.


UN troops killed 50 militiamen in self-defence, Annan says

IRIN - March 4, 2005

A recent operation in which UN peacekeepers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) killed 50 militiamen was "an attempt to defend themselves and a determination to fulfil their mandate as effectively as they can," UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Thursday.


Future plague outbreaks in the east likely, WHO says

IRIN - March 4, 2005

An assessment by the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) has shown that future outbreaks of plague, associated with a diamond mine in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, are likely, the agency reported on Thursday.


Congolese forces in Ituri crackdown on militias

IRIN - March 3, 2005

Soldiers of the integrated Congolese national army began their crackdown on militiamen in the northeastern district of Ituri on Tuesday when they deployed to the territory of Aru, 300 km north of Bunia town, a military official told IRIN.


Army, rebels main suspects of looting, stealing - MONUC says

IRIN - March 3, 2005

Looting, stealing and burning of villages in North Kivu, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, was carried out by armed militias and by members of the newly integrated national army. This was the result of a special inquiry of the UN Mission in the DRC, or MONUC, which was published on 24 February.


Fighting between UN troops, militias leaves 50 dead

IRIN - March 2, 2005

At least 50 militiamen were killed during fighting between Pakistani UN troops and elements suspected to have killed nine UN peacekeepers on 25 February, Gen Jean-Francois Collot d'Escuries, the chief of staff of the UN peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo, known as MONUC, told IRIN.


Militia leaders arrested in Kinshasa

IRIN - March 2, 2005

Several leaders of the militia group that is accused of having executed nine Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers on Friday in Kafe village, in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern Ituri District, have been arrested, Justice Minister Kisimba Ngoy told IRIN on Wednesday.


EU suspends projects in North Kivu

IRIN - March 1, 2005

The delegation of the European Commission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) suspended two projects in the province of North Kivu on Wednesday, following the looting of installations of the NGO German Agro Action by militiamen in Nyabondo Territory.


Congolese refugees in no hurry to return

IRIN - February 28, 2005

As Zambia prepares to repatriate the last of the Angolan refugees on its soil by the end of 2005, the fate of thousands of Congolese refugees, sheltered in camps throughout the country, remains unclear.





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