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UN report deplores excessive use of deadly force, impunity in poll clashes

UN News - July 27, 2007

Bunda Dia Kongo violence in Bas-Congo provinceWhile both the security forces and protestors claiming electoral fraud shared responsibility for deadly violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) earlier this year, the high death toll pointed to an excessive use of lethal force by the army and police, who are now enjoying impunity, the United Nations reported today.
South Kivu: 4,500 sexual violence cases in the first six months of this year alone

MONUC - July 27, 2007

Yakin ErtürkAccording to Prof. Yakin Erturk, Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Violence against Women "the situation in the Kivus is the worst crisis I have encountered so far." Professor Erturk denounced this situation during the conference in Kinshasa on 27 July 2007.
Security Council expresses deep concern at deteriorating security situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

UN News - July 23, 2007

Un Security CouncilThe Security Council this morning expressed its deep concern at the deteriorating security situation in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in particular in North and South Kivu, and the serious humanitarian consequences of the violent actions of foreign armed groups, especially the Forces democratiques the liberation du Rwanda (FDLR), as well as the military activities of the "mixed" brigades.
Live up to your promises or lose recent gains, Kabila urged

IRIN - July 6, 2007

Congo electionsThe Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could lose recent gains in its democratisation process unless President Joseph Kabila starts to promote dialogue and accountability, and strengthens cooperation with the wider international community, the International Crisis Group (ICG) has warned.
Congo: Consolidating the Peace

International Crisis Group - July 5, 2007

Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo were a milestone in the peace process but much remains to be done to consolidate the gains. A return to full-scale war is unlikely but violence in Bas-Congo and Kinshasa in early 2007 with over 400 people killed and renewed threats of war in the Kivus show the country's fragility.


Protest Letter: In DRC, a nationwide pattern of attacks raises alarm

Committee to Protect Journalists - June 27, 2007

CPJ Committee to Protect JournalistsWe are writing to express our alarm at a disturbing nationwide pattern of attacks on the news media. Since the arrival of your government on February 24, eight broadcasters were raided by government security forces in connection with their news coverage, and one journalist was killed amid increasingly insecure conditions, according to CPJ research. These events undermine Information Minister Toussaint Tshilombo's statement on World Press Freedom Day that press freedom is respected in the DRC.
Congo Soldiers Charged with Killing UN Journalist

VOA News - June 15, 2007

Serge MahesheIn the Democratic Republic of Congo two soldiers have been charged with the death of a journalist working for a United Nations-backed radio station. Proceedings against the soldiers started only a day after the killing, as Franz Wild reports for VOA from Kinshasa.
DRC Opposition Dismisses President's Military Reshuffle

VOA News - June 15, 2007

Joseph Kabila inaugurationOpposition parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo, have dismissed President Joseph Kabila's reshuffle of the top brass of the military as a sham. The reshuffle comes after the president urged the army and the police to ensure peace and stability across the country. But opposition parties claim the reshuffle is aimed at putting Kabila's aides in top defense positions.
Angolan refugees back home soon

Government of Angola - June 4, 2007

Angola - CongoLuanda - Over 2,000 Angolan refugees that are currently in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo Brazaville will be repatriated soon under implementation of Memorandum of Understanding for peace in Cabinda.
Intimidation hampers probe into post-election violence in DR Congo - UN

UN News - May 17, 2007

Monuc soldier in Kinshasa CongoThough it has interviewed some 200 victims and witnesses of the post-election clashes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations mission there said today that Government cooperation with investigators has been tepid and many witnesses have been intimidated.







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