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Lubanga Trial Delay Concerns

IWPR - February 29, 2008

Thomas LubangaThe judge hearing the case against Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga has expressed concern at continuing delays to the start the International Criminal Court's first-ever trial. The case was set to begin March 31at ICC courtrooms in The Hague but now seems unlikely to start before mid-June and could be pushed back even further. "I will make no secret of the fact of my real frustration, already expressed in no uncertain terms in open court, about delays in getting our first trial up and running," said British judge Adrian Fulford recently to a group of diplomats and human rights representatives in The Hague.
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.
Round table talks on DRC Security Sector Reform

MONUC - February 26, 2008

Denis KalumeThe opening ceremony of two days of round table talks on the DRC Security Sector Reform, which aims at a reform of the DRC Armed Forces (FARDC) and the National Congolese Police (PNC), was held in Kinshasa on 25 February 2008.
North-Kivu: MONUC's position on the massacre of Kalonge

MONUC - February 22, 2008

Kivu mapThe United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) has taken note of the communiqué issued by the "Congrès National pour la Défense du Peuple" (CNDP) regarding the massacre of civilians in the Kalonge area in North Kivu in January of this year.
Concerns over acquittal of war crimes convict

IRIN - February 21, 2008

Bunia - IturiThe acquittal by a court in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of a militia leader convicted of war crimes has drawn criticism, with human rights activists saying the decision could set a bad precedent in a country where armed groups have committed atrocities against civilians with impunity.
Katanga: Armed confrontations between FARDC troops in Kamina brassage centre

MONUC - February 19, 2008

Kamina - Katanga MapMONUC was informed that armed confrontations took place Sunday February 17, 2008, between ex-combatants of the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP), the political-military movement for Laurent Nkunda, and soldiers of the DRC Armed Forces (FARDC), all of which were in training in the Kamina base, located 600 km north-west of Lubumbashi, in Katanga province in south eastern DRC.
Representative of the Secretary General for human rights visits the DRC

MONUC - February 18, 2008

Walter KšlinThe Representative of the UN Secretary General on the rights of internally displaced persons, Mr. Walter Kälin, is paying a work visit to the DRC from 12-22 February, 2008. The goal of the visit is to examine the situation in the country concerning internal displacements of the population, and to engage in dialogue with the government, the internally displaced, and the actors concerned.
DRC signs a $390 million five year governance programme with the UNDP

MONUC - February 14, 2008

UNDP - CongoDRC Foreign Affairs Minister Antipas Mbusa Nyamwisi and Ross Mountain, the Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), signed a new governance programme for the DRC in Kinshasa on Thursday February 14, 2008. The signature signifies the effective start of the vast programme, primarily aimed at promoting a system of stable and legitimate governance which favours durable human development.
Congolese military justice officials trained in sex crime investigation

MONUC - February 11, 2008

MONUCMONUC's Rule of Law division in conjunction with the American Defence Institute of International Legal Studies organized a four-day comprehensive judicial capacity building training workshop on sex crime investigation, targeting 42 military investigators, prosecutors and magistrates, drawn from the entire province of Orientale. The legal technical training, which was the first of its kind commenced on 30 January 2008 in Kisangani, Orientale.







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