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Congo: mining, conflict and complicity

Bretton Woods Project - February 1, 2007

Congo - GecaminesA confidential World Bank memo dated September 2005 and leaked to the Financial Times in November 2006 finds that three of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) biggest mining contracts over which the World Bank had oversight were approved with "a complete lack of transparency".
The 11 permanent offices of the Provincial Assemblies have been installed

Monuc - January 15, 2007

Elections - CongoThe permanent offices of the provincial Assemblies have been installed on Sunday 14 January 2007 in accordance with the rearranged calendar of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). Jean-Pierre Bemba's platform is controlling four of the eleven provincial offices.
Anvil to Move to 95% Interest in Kinsevere-Nambulwa Copper-Cobalt Joint Venture

Anvil - Press Release - January 11, 2007

Anvil MiningAnvil Mining Limited (TSX, ASX: AVM) ("Anvil") is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement to acquire an additional 15% interest in the mining rights for the Kinsevere-Nambulwa copper-cobalt deposits located 27km north of Lubumbashi, the provincial capital of the Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC").
Security crucial to Kabila's success

IRIN - December 20, 2006

Joseph Kabila in Nairobi, KenyaJoseph Kabila won Congo's first democratic presidential elections in decades, but now the 35-year-old former guerrilla leader faces the daunting task of rebuilding from scratch a country almost the size of western Europe.
UN and aid agencies appeal for $19 million to combat landmines

UN News Centre - December 15, 2006

Congo MapThe Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations officials and aid agencies have renewed an appeal for the remaining $19 million needed to help fund next year's effort to rid the country of deadly landmines left over from the bloody six-year civil war, which kill innocent people and prevent whole areas of land from being developed.
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.
Trial in DRC Focuses Attention on Mining Industry

VOA News - December 14, 2006

Lubumbashi - CongoSoldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo and employees of an international mining company went on trial this week. They are charged with committing war crimes against civilians during an army crackdown in 2004.
The Independant Electoral Commission has published the list of senate candidates

Congo Planet/CEI - December 14, 2006

Parlement - CongoThe Independant Electoral Commission has published the list of candidates to the senatorial elections due to be held on January 7, 2007. The list has 1,141 names distributed amongst provinces as follows: Bandundu : 93,Bas-Congo : 52,Equateur : 141,Maniema : 34,Kasai Occidental : 60,Kasai Oriental : 126,Katanga : 166,Kinshasa : 241,Nord-Kivu : 52,Province Orientale : 118,Sud-Kivu : 44.
Precarious humanitarian situation in North Kivu

Monuc - December 13, 2006

Nord-KivuAt the weekly MONUC press conference this Wednesday December 13 2006, MONUC stated that the humanitarian situation in North Kivu remains 'precarious', as there are over 500,000 people internally displaced people (IDP's), representing half of the total number of IDP's in the DRC.
Trial begins for Congolese military and Anvil Mining ex employees accused of crimes related to the October 2004 Kilwa massacre

RAID - December 13, 2006

Anvil MiningThe trial of former Colonel Ademar Ilunga and eight of his subordinates for breaches of the Geneva Convention and its Additional Protocols will open on Tuesday, 12 December in Lubumbashi, DR Congo before the Military Court of Katanga (Case Number R.P 010/06).







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