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Kabila Confident He Will Win Re-Election

Congo News Agency - October 18, 2011

Joseph KabilaWith only 6 weeks left before presidential and parliamentary elections, President Kabila, at a wide-ranging news conference on Tuesday, said that he is confident he will win re-election in November. “I know one thing for sure, I will not lose,” Mr. Kabila replied when asked if he thinks there is a candidate who could beat him.
Rwandan Rebel Leader Faces ICC on War Crimes Charges

VOA News - September 16, 2011

Callixte MbarushimanaA former Rwandan rebel leader has appeared before the International Criminal Court facing charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, told The Hague court that Mbarushimana represented the “respectable public face” of the FDLR, a Rwandan Hutu rebel group that attacked civilians in Congo's North and South Kivu provinces in 2009.
Controversy over "conflict minerals" law

IRIN - August 2, 2011

Big business... But little of the hundreds of millions of dollars generated annually by DRC's mineral sector ends up in stateMajor industries are seeking to alter the proposed US reporting rules on “conflict minerals” mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In a bid to stem the flow of money from minerals mined in eastern Congo, widely seen as fuelling the ongoing conflicts, the US government included a clause in the financial reform legislation of July 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
UN envoy tells Security Council of improving security, remaining threats

UN News Service - June 9, 2011

Special Representative Roger Meece briefs the Security Council on the situation in the DRC“There has been significant progress regarding the security situation in recent years in eastern DRC,” said Roger Meece, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), in a briefing to the Council.
Rights Groups: Strengthen Civilian Protection Before Elections

Human Rights Watch - June 9, 2011

Goma - MONUCThe United Nations Security Council should ensure that the UN mission in Congo has adequate and appropriate resources to protect civilians from attacks by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and to avert election-related violence, a coalition of 47 international and Congolese organizations said today.
Rwanda genocide fugitive Bernard Munyagishari arrested

International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda - May 25, 2011

Congo - Rwanda borderThe International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda announced on 25 May 2011 the arrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo of ICTR fugitive Bernard Munyagishari, former President of the Interahamwe for Gisenyi, who was arrested in an operation mounted by the DRC Armed forces, in collaboration with the Office of the Prosecutor Tracking Unit in Kachanga, North Kivu.
UN Security Council discusses key challenges and risks in an election year in DR Congo

UN News - May 18, 2011

Ban Ki-moonThe Security Council today called for urgent steps to strengthen institutions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and called on the Government to ensure that general elections slated for late this year are inclusive, transparent and peaceful.
Germany: Groundbreaking Trial for Congo War Crimes

Human Rights Watch - May 2, 2011

Ignace MurwanashyakaThe trial of two Rwandan rebel leaders arrested in Germany for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Democratic Republic of Congo makes the world a smaller place for suspected war criminals, Human Rights Watch said today.
Mining ban fails to end armed control of trade, says Global Witness

Global Witness - March 4, 2011

Global WitnessThe Congolese government's decision this week to lift a ban on the mining and export of minerals from the country's eastern provinces is long overdue, says Global Witness today. The campaign group questioned what has been achieved since restrictions were imposed nearly six months ago.







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