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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.
Graft clouds DRC donor conference

BBC News - November 29, 2007

Joseph KabilaA major international donor conference for the Democratic Republic of Congo is being held in Paris. It is the first opportunity for the international community to pledge aid for the country since 2006 polls that confirmed Joseph Kabila as president.
Agencies Pressure DRC Commission to Publish Mining Review

VOA News - November 8, 2007

The Democratic Republic of Congo government commission in charge of reviewing mining contracts in the mineral-rich country has been called on to publish its final report. A group of non-governmental organizations says the final report should be made public in order to bring transparency and clarity to the review which, they say, has been marred by confusion and speculation.


Review of Congo mining contracts marred by lack of transparency

Global Witness - October 1, 2007

Gecamines - KatangaThe integrity of a governmental review of mining contracts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is being undermined by a lack of transparency and pressure to rush through the process as fast as possible, Global Witness said in a new briefing published today. Global Witness is calling on the government to publish the contracts, as well as the criteria for their evaluation, and to extend the period available for the review.
Military Court Trials Worry Rights Activists

IWPR - September 27, 2007

Serge MahesheAt the Kisangani military court in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the day's work begins long before any lawyers or accused arrive. The courtroom - where judges hear cases both mundane and involving the most serious war crimes - is devoid of furniture. The judge's assistants must carry in a desk to serve as the bench and pews from the nearby Catholic church to seat spectators.
Report Says UK Retailers Not Doing Enough to Combat Blood Diamonds

VOA News - May 29, 2007

Blood diamonds - AfricaA new survey says that most British diamond retailers are not doing enough to combat trade in diamonds smuggled from war zones.
Opportunity for the new Congolese government to fundamentally reform the natural resource sector

Global Witness - April 22, 2007

Global WitnessGlobal Witness today urged President Joseph Kabila and the new Congolese government to seize the momentum of the post-election period to implement fundamental reforms in the mining and forest sectors.
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.
DRC's Kabila Faces Unruly, Corrupt Mining Sector

VOA News - December 15, 2006

Joseph Kabila inaugurationAs the Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila begins his first democratically elected presidential term, he faces the challenge of radical reform in the mining sector, which has been marked by decades of corruption and mismanagement.







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