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UN: Thomas Lubanga's indictment is the beginning

MONUC - March 6, 2007

Radhika CoomaraswamyThe United Nations envoy on children and armed conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy is on a six-day visit to DRC to discuss the issues of children associated with armed groups, sexual violence and impunity with the government authorities. In Kinshasa, on March 5, 2007, she spoke further about the aim of her visit before traveling to Ituri district and the Kivu provinces.
Another rebel group gives up arms

IRIN - February 28, 2007

Ituri = CongoOne of the main rebel groups in the troubled Ituri District of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) began surrendering its weapons on Tuesday under an ongoing demobilisation, disarmament and reintegration (DDR) process, military and United Nations sources said.
Peter Karim surrenders 170 troops

MONUC - February 27, 2007

Peter Karim - IturiPeter Karim, commander of the FNI - the last remaining militia group in Ituri - made an important first step towards the consolidation of peace in the district on Tuesday February 27, 2007, with the surrender and disarmament of 170 of his troops at Dera, 60km from Kpandroma.
Army and police continue to violate civilians' human rights, says UN mission

UN News Centre - February 21, 2007

Congo soldiers in BuniaThe United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reported that the human rights situation in the country continues to deteriorate, as the army and police perpetrate acts of violence against civilians and the number of reported rapes surges.
Ex-militiamen get life for murdering UN soldiers

IRIN - February 21, 2007

UN peacekeepers in CongoA military tribunal in Ituri District, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has sentenced five former militiamen to life imprisonment for killing two United Nations military observers in 2003.
UN welcomes life terms imposed on murderers of two peacekeepers

UN News Centre - February 21, 2007

UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today welcomed the life sentences handed down by a Congolese court on four men convicted of murdering two UN military observers in 2003 as well as life terms given 13 others accused of massacring civilians last year.
Child soldier recruitment continues

IRIN - February 19, 2007

Congo child soldiersThe recruitment of child soldiers has continued in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), despite the government's efforts to integrate former militia into the army, a local human rights official has said."Armed groups have even forcibly enlisted demobilised former child soldiers,"Murhabazi Namegabe, head of a local non-governmental organisation, the Bureau pour le Volontariat au service de l'Enfance et de la Sante, said in the capital, Kinshasa.
Mixing process underway in North Kivu

MONUC - February 15, 2007

Cong soldiers in Ituri - North KivuThe mixing process of two of dissident General Laurent Nkunda's loyalist brigades with three FARDC brigades has been ongoing now since the start of 2007, in a bid to address the serious security problems posed by Nkunda's forces in the troubled Kivu provinces since 2004.
War Crimes Case to Present In-Person Testimonies

VOA News - January 30, 2007

Thomas LubangaFormer Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga is the first person to be tried by the world's only permanent global war crimes court, the Hague-based International Criminal Court.
World Criminal Court to Hear First Case

VOA News - January 29, 2007

Thomas LubangaIn a historic decision, judges at the International Criminal Court are poised to begin hearing their first case. Judges found there was enough evidence against Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga to send him to trial for recruiting and using child soldiers to fight his war in the eastern Ituri region of the country. Lauren Comiteau reports from the court in The Hague.







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