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Gunbattles Rage in DRC Capital

VOA News - March 22, 2007

Kinshasa - GombeGunbattles between government troops and fighters loyal to former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba are raging in the streets of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) capital, Kinshasa.
Shots Fired Near Former Congo Vice President's Home

VOA News - March 22, 2007

Jean-Pierre BembaWitnesses in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, say gunfire has erupted near the home of the nation's former vice president, the scene of a standoff between the military and soldiers loyal to the former rebel leader.
Army, police involved in human rights abuses in the east - report

IRIN - March 20, 2007

Congolese soldiersSoldiers of the Democratic Republic of Congo's national army and the police have been involved in human rights violations in the eastern Ituri region, and are allegedly responsible for growing insecurity in North Kivu, according to a United Nations report.
US State Department report on Human Rights Conditions in the DRC in 2006

US State Department - March 19, 2007

US State DepartmentArmed groups continued to commit numerous, serious abuses--some of which may constitute war crimes--including unlawful killings, disappearances, and torture. They also recruited and retained child soldiers, compelled forced labor, and committed serious sexual abuses and other possible war crimes.
Grave human rights abuses by all sides mar DR Congo's transition from war, UN reports

UN News Service - March 12, 2007

Congo soldiers in BuniaSummary executions, enforced disappearances, mass arbitrary arrests, ill-treatment and torture of civilians for their political affiliations as well as rape continued at an alarming rate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in a climate of total impunity in the second half of 2006, according to the latest United Nations
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.
UN mission steps up probe in wake of recent deadly violence

UN News Centre - February 8, 2007

Bunda Dia Kongo violence in Bas-Congo provinceThe United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is stepping up its investigation of the situation in the country's far west, where violent clashes last week led to the deaths of more than 130 people.
Bas-Congo Appeals Court orders a second round of governor elections

MONUC - February 8, 2007

UN Peacekeepers in CongoThe Bas-Congo Appeals Court has reached a verdict in relation to the closely contested governor elections, and has demanded the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to organise a second round of governor elections for the positions of governor and vice governor for the province.
Ban Ki-moon, Security Council urge new Government to resolve unrest

UN News Centre - February 8, 2007

Ban Ki-moonWelcoming yesterday's formation of the Government in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council today urged it to work immediately with the opposition to resolve the unrest in the far west of the country that led to the deaths of dozens of people last week.
Congo Opposition Calls for Day of Mourning

VOA News - February 5, 2007

Jean-Pierre BembaOpposition leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo have called for a national day of mourning to protest violent clashes last week. Many protesters demonstrating against election-fraud allegations were killed when security forces fired on rioting crowds in several villages.







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