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Security Council authorizes boost to UN peacekeeping force in DR Congo

UN News - November 20, 2008

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoThe Security Council today authorized a temporary increase of more than 3,000 blue helmets serving with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to deal with the violence in the country’s east, which has displaced an estimated 250,000 civilians in recent months.
Human Rights Watch: Increase Peacekeepers in Eastern Congo

Human Rights Watch - November 11, 2008

Kivu - Congo - IDPsThe civilian toll continues to rise, including killings in the town of Kiwanja in North Kivu on November 4-5 that Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Congo Alan Doss described as war crimes in a statement on November 7.
Ban Ki-moon appoints Olusegun Obasanjo as his Special Envoy to the DRC

UN News - November 4, 2008

Olusegun Obasanjo“The conflict along the Rwandan and Congolese border has gone on too long, with catastrophic consequences,” Mr. Ban said. “We need peace – an end to fighting so that the region’s people can enjoy a measure of stability and prosperity.”
For an effective and credible MONUC

EurAc - September 28, 2008

Alan DossSince 28 August Laurent Nkunda's CNDP has launched several offensives against positions held by the army, the FARDC, thus violating the "Acte d'engagement à la paix" he signed in January 2008. These attacks have aggravated the humanitarian situation in North Kivu, causing the displacement of a further 100.000 people.
Defendant alleges Andre Kimbuta ordered the murder of Kinshasa MP Botethi

Radio Okapi - July 19, 2008

Patrick MwewaLawyers for Botethi's family have asked that André Kimbuta Yango appear immediately before the court, while the presiding judge wants to first establish the link between the defendant and the provincial governor of Kinshasa. "The person who ordered the murder for which we are being judged is the governor of the city of Kinshasa." These words by the defendant Patrick Mwewa caused such a turmoil in the audience that the hearing had to be suspended to allow the police to restore calm.
Kinshasa: new police post established close to the Palais de Marbre

Radio Okapi - July 8, 2008

Congo policeAccording to General Oleko, patrols will be organized by elements of the police, the Republican Guard, and the military police. The installation of this police post in this place was one of the requests made, particularly by the MLC and the Provincial Assembly of Kinshasa, following the killing last weekend of Daniel Botethi.
The MLC suspends its participation in the National Assembly and the Senate

Le Potentiel - July 7, 2008

Francois MwambaIn a statement released to the press on Sunday and following the murder of Daniel Botethi, vice-chairman of the Provincial Assembly of Kinshasa and high-ranking official of the MLC, the party has decided to suspend its participation in the National Assembly, Senate and the Provincial Assembly of Kinshasa.
Kinshasa: Provincial Assembly vice-president assassinated

Radio Okapi - July 6, 2008

Kinshasa - Congo mapDaniel Botetsi, provincial Member of Parliament for Kinshasa and vice-president of the Provincial Assembly, was shot around 2:00 AM Sunday morning in the capital, in Macampagne, Ngaliema. Three suspects are already under arrest, reports radiookapi.net
UN 'lied' in report on Bas-Congo killings - govt

IRIN - June 18, 2008

Bas-Congo province mapThe government of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has dismissed as "mendacious" a UN report that accused police of killing 100 civilians in Bas-Congo province. On 13 June, the UN mission in DRC, MONUC, released a report following an investigation into the actions of a contingent of Kinshasa-based police against members of the Bundu dia Kongo sect in several areas of Bas-Congo. The report said at least 100 people, most of them sect members, had been killed on 28 February.
MONUC report on the Bas Congo violence in February/March 2008

MONUC - June 14, 2008

BDK - Bundu dia KongoA multidisciplinary team led by the United Nations Office for Human Rights was deployed in Bas Congo province from 17 -28 March 2008, to inquire into the violent incidents that took place between the Congolese National Police (PNC) and Bundu Dia Kongo* (BDK) members in Bas Congo, in February and March 2008.







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