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Huge DR Congo gold mine to open, displacing 15,000

BBC News - July 22, 2010

Rangold Resources Kibali ProjectMining firm Randgold Resources says it is to begin mining Africa's largest undeveloped gold deposit - in eastern DR Congo. The mine will require the re-location of 15,000 people, but Randgold says the project has the support of the government and the local community.
Floribert Chebeya's autopsy 'inconclusive'

BBC - July 9, 2010

Floribert ChebeyaAn independent autopsy into the death of a human rights activist in the Democratic Republic of Congo has not been able to establish how he died. But a team of international doctors say Floribert Chebeya's death last month was most likely heart-related. However, they did note superficial cuts and some bleeding around the wrists, forearms and the legs caused by an external source.
Oil tanker blaze 'kills 200' in eastern Congo

BBC News - July 3, 2010

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesAt least 200 people are feared dead after an oil tanker exploded and set fire to parts of a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The truck, travelling from Tanzania, overturned in the village of Sange.
Ban Ki-moon inaugurates new phase of UN mission in DR Congo

UN News - July 1, 2010

Ban Ki-moonFrom today, the UN mission will be known as the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) and will stay in the DRC only until 30 June next year. Last month, the Security Council passed a resolution authorizing the withdrawal of up to 2,000 UN military personnel – from an existing strength of 19,815 – by today from areas where security has improved enough to allow their removal.
Congo Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Independence

Congo News Agency - June 30, 2010

Joseph KabilaAn impressive parade of the Congolese Armed Forces, the national police and civilians took place on Wednesday in Kinshasa, on the new Triumphal Boulevard, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s accession to national and internationally sovereignty.
UN experts welcome steps taken in wake of murder of Floribert Chebeya

UN News - June 9, 2010

Floribert ChebeyaA group of United Nations experts today welcomed the suspension of the chief of the national police of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the arrest of several officers in the investigation into last week’s murder of a prominent human rights defender. In a statement issued last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that the Congolese interior ministry has ordered the State security service to investigate the death of Mr. Chebeya, stressing that the probe must be “thorough, transparent and independent, with full respect for due process and rule of law.”
DR Congo suspends police chief over Floribert Chebeya death

BBC News - June 6, 2010

John NumbiThe head of police in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been suspended following the death of a human rights activist, officials say. The police chief, John Numbi, is seen as a close ally of President Joseph Kabila. In a statement read out on television, Interior Minister Adolphe Lumanu said on Sunday that President Kabila was "determined that all light be shed" on Mr Chebeya's killing.
MLC Calls for Boycott of Independence Day Festivities

Congo News Agency - June 5, 2010

François MuambaThe Movement for the Liberation of Congo has called for a boycott of festivities being organized by the government to celebrate the 50th anniversary of independence on June 30. Francois Muamba, the Secretary-General of the MLC, told the Voice of America on Friday that the “MLC, its elected officials, its leaders, and supporters, will not participate, under any circumstances, in the June 30th festivities.”
US Deeply Concerned by Death of Floribert Chebeya

US Department of State - June 4, 2010

Floribert ChebeyaThe United States is deeply concerned by the apparent assassination of noted Congolese human rights leader Floribert Chebeya Bahizire in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mr. Chebeya, the founder of “Voix des Sans Voix” (Voice of the Voiceless), was a human rights advocate since the regime of Mobutu Sese Seko. He won the Reebok Human Rights Award in 1993.
Joint Government and UN Inquiry Needed into Death of Floribert Chebeya

Human Rights Watch - June 3, 2010

Floribert Chebeya"Floribert Chebeya's shocking death is a serious blow for human rights in the Congo," said Anneke Van Woudenberg, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. "The announced police investigation needs UN help if it is to be credible and transparent and bring all those responsible to justice."







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