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Pop Star Michael Jackson Dies After Cardiac Arrest

VOA News - June 25, 2009

Michael JacksonInternational pop star Michael Jackson has died after suffering cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles County, California.
Congo Denies Instigating ICC Charges Against Former VP Bemba

VOA News - June 16, 2009

Jean-Pierre BembaThe Democratic Republic of Congo government has denied involvement in the war crime charges against former Vice President Jean Pierre Bemba. The denial follows the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruling Monday that Bemba should stand trial on charges of war crimes.
New Report to Detail Failed Military Operation Against Hutu Rebels

VOA News - April 29, 2009

John NumbiA new report expected to be released Wednesday describes the joint military operation of Congo and Rwanda to flush out Rwandan Hutu rebels from the Democratic Republic of Congo as a failure. The report says the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR) rebels are still attacking ordinary Congolese despite the offensive against them.
SADC standby forces ready to intervene in DR Congo, Madagascar

XINHUA - February 23, 2009

SADCThe Southern African Development Community (SADC) Standby Brigade is ready to intervene in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) and Madagascar in order to restore peace and stability in the two countries, Angola's official news agency ANGOP reported on Monday.
Facing shortfall, Ban appeals for more peacekeepers for DR Congo

UN News - February 3, 2009

Ban Ki-moonMember States have so far failed to provide nearly enough troops to reinforce the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since the Security Council called in November for 3,000 additional peacekeepers in the face of mounting violence in the east of the vast country.
Amnesty International: Laurent Nkunda and Bosco Ntaganda must face justice

Amnesty International - January 28, 2009

Laurent NkundaThe arrest of Laurent Nkunda should be followed by swift steps to prosecute him on charges that he committed war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Amnesty International said today. Any trial must be fair and exclude the death penalty. If states fail to do so, then the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has jurisdiction to seek to prosecute him. Since 2004, the ICC Prosecutor has been investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity in the DRC, particularly in the Ituri region, and has sought and obtained arrest warrants.
Warlord Laurent Nkunda Arrested

Congo News Agency - January 23, 2009

Laurent NkundaWarlord Laurent Nkunda, the eastern Congo rebel leader accused of numerous war crimes and crimes against humanity, has been arrested in Rwanda while fleeing a joint Congolese-Rwandan military operation to arrest him.
Security Council tells UN Mission in DR Congo to step up protection of civilians

UN News - December 22, 2008

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoThe Security Council today told United Nations peacekeepers in strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to prioritize the protection of civilians, including humanitarian personnel, as the number of attacks on aid workers, some of them deadly, passed 100 since the start of 2008.
UN Report Excerpt: Support to Laurent Nkunda's CNDP by the Government of Rwanda

UN Security Council - December 14, 2008

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesRwandan 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 Defence Force (RDF) to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in support of CNDP.
SADC sends fact-finding mission in DR Congo amid post-conflict lull

XINHUA - November 24, 2008

Southern African Development Community - SADCMilitary officials of southern African countries have been in the troubled Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) on a fact-finding mission since Friday amid a lull after the recent conflict between the government army and Tutsi rebels.







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