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Tense relations between the DRC and Belgium

Congo News Agency - April 25, 2008

Joseph Kabila - Karel De GuchtBelgium is primarily a partner. Myself, well I hope that Belgium will always be a friend, a friendly country, with which I personally have no problem. But a year and a half after the elections, you cannot deal with the Democratic Republic of Congo as if we were in the nineties which were marked by the National Sovereign Conference, the transition, wars and so on. You should know that the Congo has completely changed, and that is the starting point: there is a legitimate power in place. Even before, I could not accept that people deal with our country as if it was still a colony.
Death Toll Rises After Hewa Bora Airways Plane Crash in Goma

Congo News Agency - April 16, 2008

Goma plane crashAuthorities in Goma were scrambling to take care of more than 100 people injured after a Hewa Bora Airways plane crashed into a market in Goma on Wednesday. The death toll now stands at 40 and more than 20 people are still missing. People were lining up at the city's morgue to find out if their loved ones were among the dead.
SA to strengthen ties with DRC, funds needed

SABC News - April 3, 2008

Joseph Kabila - Thabo MbekiA serious lack of funding is hampering the implementation of several agreements between South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo. High-level government officials from the two countries are now hammering out strategies to find adequate resources. They are expected to present their reports to Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Joseph Kabila during the final day of the South Africa - DRC Binational Commission, underway in Pretoria.
Victims of Bas-Congo violence in urgent need of medical care

IRIN - March 25, 2008

Congo mapA medical charity has expressed concerns that people wounded during clashes between the police and supporters of a politico-religious sect in the Bas-Congo province in southwest Democratic Republic of Congo are not receiving any medical help.
DR Congo bans sect after clashes

BBC News - March 22, 2008

Ne-Muanda NsemiThe Democratic Republic of Congo has banned a separatist religious sect in the west of the country following a bloody crackdown on the group. President Joseph Kabila's government withdrew recognition of Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) as a non-profit organisation.
Mining deals cancelled in Congo

BBC News - March 20, 2008

Lubumbashi - MinesThe Democratic Republic of Congo is to cancel "many" mining contracts and renegotiate others, a minister says. The government said it wanted to ensure that the country`s vast mineral wealth was used to benefit its people. Many Congolese suspect that mining deals are often corrupt and campaign group Global Witness says the review was hit by a lack of transparency.
DR Congo to reveal mining deals

BBC News - March 20, 2008

Gecamines - KatangaThe Democratic Republic of Congo is to announce new mining deals a year after at least 60 contracts were suspended. The government said it wanted to ensure that the country's vast mineral wealth was used to benefit its people.
Comment: Judicial Appointments Violate Constitution

IWPR - February 29, 2008

Congo-Kinshasa Supreme Court in sessionWhat is the purpose of the constitution of the Democratic Republic of Congo if it is constantly violated by those who should ensure its application? That's what happened on February 9 when President Joseph Kabila put out to pasture 92 judges and prosecutors, including the supreme court chief and the attorney general, and replaced them with 26 appointees.
Chaos in the Courts

IWPR - February 27, 2008

Congo-Kinhasa Supreme Court in sessionThe recent acquittal of former militia leader Kahwa Panga Mandro, better known in the troubled eastern region of Ituri as Chief Kahwa, has sparked a wave of outrage across the sprawling Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC. Although first convicted and sentenced for war crimes and crimes against humanity in February 2005, the appeals court in the northeastern city of Kisangani overturned that verdict, saying Chief Kahwa was covered by the country's amnesty law.
Concerns over acquittal of war crimes convict

IRIN - February 21, 2008

Bunia - IturiThe acquittal by a court in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of a militia leader convicted of war crimes has drawn criticism, with human rights activists saying the decision could set a bad precedent in a country where armed groups have committed atrocities against civilians with impunity.







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