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FDLR leader Callixte Mbarushimana arrested in France on ICC warrant

ICC - October 11, 2010

FDLR leader Callixte MbarushimanaIn accordance with the warrant of arrest issued under seals by the judges of the International Criminal Court on 28 September, 2010, the French authorities arrested Mr Callixte Mbarushimana, suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Kivu provinces, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Action needed to investigate a decade of crimes in the DRC

Amnesty International - October 1, 2010

Refugees in DR CongoThe publication of the UN mapping report documenting gross human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a significant first step, but concrete action is needed to ensure that those responsible are held to account. The cycle of violence and abuses will only stop if those responsible for crimes under international law are held to account.
ICC orders the release of Thomas Lubanga

ICC - July 15, 2010

Thomas LubangaFollowing its decision, dated 8 July, 2010, imposing an unconditional stay on the proceedings of the case The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court today ordered the release of the accused. According to the judges, an accused cannot be held in preventative custody on a speculative basis, namely that at some stage in the future the proceedings may be resurrected.
UN forces, army adopt new directives with civilian protection at core

UN News - December 16, 2009

Congo FARDC soldiersUnited Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the national army adopted new directives today for operations against rebels with the protection of civilians as the core focus following reports of massacres and other serious human rights violations by Congolese soldiers.
Final report of the UN Group of Experts on the DRC released

UN Security Council - December 7, 2009

Un Security CouncilThe Group investigated FDLR’s ongoing exploitation of natural resources in the Kivus, notably gold and cassiterite reserves, which the Group calculates continues to deliver millions of dollars in direct financing into the FDLR coffers. The Group also documents that a number of mineral exporting companies, some of which were named in a previous report of the Group in 2008 (S/2008/773), continue to trade with FDLR.
Global minerals, arms smuggling networks fuel DR Congo conflict - UN report

UN News - December 7, 2009

ColtanFDLR has a far-reaching international diaspora network involved in the day-to-day running of the movement, the coordination of military and arms trafficking activities and the management of financial activities. End buyers for cassiterite include the Malaysia Smelting Corporation and the Thailand Smelting and Refining Company, which is held by United Kingdom-based Amalgamated Metals Corporation.
ICC: Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui trial starts on Tuesday

ICC - November 23, 2009

Germain KatangaThe trial in the case The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, which will open on Tuesday, 24 November, 2009, before Trial-Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC), is the second trial in the context of the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), referred to the Court by the Government of the DRC on 3 March, 2004.
Amnesty International: more prosecutions should follow for war crimes in the Kivus

Amnesty International - November 19, 2009

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesAmnesty International welcomes the arrest by the German authorities of Ignace Murwanashyaka, President of the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR), and his deputy, Straton Musoni, on 17 November 2009 as an important step forward in addressing impunity and establishing accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in eastern DRC.
UN mission in DR Congo denies Ntanganda's role in military operation

Xinhua - September 10, 2009

Bosco NtagandaThe United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) has denied any role of a general being sought by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the anti-insurgency operation.
Witness Claims Lubanga Visited Training Camp

Rachel Irwin - IWPR - June 5, 2009

Thomas LubangaDefendant Thomas Lubanga visited military training camps to boost the morale of young recruits, a former child soldier told prosecutors at the International Criminal Court, ICC, this week. “I saw the president on two occasions,” the unnamed witness told the court. “The first time he came, he asked about our situation in general. The second time, he tried to boost our morale—it was a few days before training ended.”







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