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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.
Amnesty:DRC stability threatened as country fails to reform army

Amnesty International - January 25, 2007

Congo-Kinshasa soldiersAmnesty International today warned that the demobilization and army reform programme currently underway in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) risks compromising the country's entire political process and future stability.
Pit Collapse Exposes DRC's Shaky Mining Structure

VOA News - January 14, 2007

Congo minersThe collapse of a diamond pit mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo earlier this month, in which 15 people were reported killed, has highlighted the dangers of primitive, open pit mining.
MONUC: We will put in place a "district without arms" in Ituri

Monuc - January 10, 2007

Monuc - Congo - IturiDuring its weekly press conference on January 10 2007, MONUC stated that it remains concerned with the security situation in Ituri and North Kivu, and will be putting in place a "district without arms" objective in Ituri.
Rekindled clashes displace thousands in Ituri

IRIN - January 3, 2007

Congo-Kinshasa Sake areaThousands of people have fled the village of Fataki, 70 km northeast of Bunia, capital of Ituri district in Eastern DRC, following clashes between militia and the regular army, officials of the United Nations peacekeeping mission, MONUC, said.
Congolese Soldiers on Trial for War Crimes

VOA News - December 28, 2006

Bunia - IturiA group of Congolese soldiers is on trial for war crimes allegedly committed in the country's volatile east. U.N. investigators last month discovered mass graves containing around 30 bodies, including women and children, inside an army camp.
UN reports security improvement with many militia groups demobilizing

UN News Service - December 20, 2006

Congo MilitiamenSecurity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has improved, with numerous militia groups joining the United Nations-run disarmament programme, and calm returning in the east after fighting between the Congolese Army and partisans of a rogue general, the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) reported today.
UN and aid agencies appeal for $19 million to combat landmines

UN News Centre - December 15, 2006

Congo MapThe Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations officials and aid agencies have renewed an appeal for the remaining $19 million needed to help fund next year's effort to rid the country of deadly landmines left over from the bloody six-year civil war, which kill innocent people and prevent whole areas of land from being developed.
The Independant Electoral Commission has published the list of senate candidates

Congo Planet/CEI - December 14, 2006

Parlement - CongoThe Independant Electoral Commission has published the list of candidates to the senatorial elections due to be held on January 7, 2007. The list has 1,141 names distributed amongst provinces as follows: Bandundu : 93,Bas-Congo : 52,Equateur : 141,Maniema : 34,Kasai Occidental : 60,Kasai Oriental : 126,Katanga : 166,Kinshasa : 241,Nord-Kivu : 52,Province Orientale : 118,Sud-Kivu : 44.







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