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At least 30 dead after massacres in Ituri

Radio Okapi - March 2, 2018

Bodies are buried in the village of Luhanga, North Kivu on 11.28.2016New massacres were reported on Thursday in three villages in the territory of Djugu (Ituri). Officials in the area say that at least thirty bodies have already been discovered, but the search continues. National member of parliament Raymond Tchedya, who represents Djugu, is reporting fifty deaths.
M23 Rebels Kill, Rape Civilians in Eastern Congo: Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch - July 22, 2013

Colonel Sultani Makenga, center, a senior M23 leader, on a hill in eastern Congo, July 2012M23 rebels have summarily executed at least 44 people and raped at least 61 women and girls since March 2013 in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Local residents and rebel deserters reported recent forced recruitment of men and boys by the M23 in both Rwanda and Congo.
International Criminal Court Acquits Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui

International Criminal Court - December 18, 2012

Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui at the International Criminal Court on 18 December 2012The International Criminal Court acquitted Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui of the charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The decision was taken unanimously by the Chamber composed of Presiding Judge Bruno Cotte, Judge Fatoumata Dembele Diarra and Christine Van Den Wyngaert. Judge Van Den Wyngaert filed a concurring opinion.
U.S. SEC requires company disclosures on use of DR Congo minerals

Xinhua - August 23, 2012

Big business... But little of the hundreds of millions of dollars generated annually by DRC's mineral sector ends up in stateThe U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a rule that would require public companies to disclose information on the use of minerals from DR Congo. Public companies will have to disclose annually their tracing of the minerals back to the sources if they use in their products the designated minerals from the DRC and neighboring countries.
Thomas Lubanga found guilty of using child soldiers

International Criminal Court - March 14, 2012

ICC finds Thomas Lubanga guilty of using child soldiersTrial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court decided unanimously that Thomas Lubanga Dyilo is guilty, as a co-perpetrator, of the war crimes of conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 and using them to participate actively in hostilities from 1 September 2002 to 13 August 2003. It is the first verdict issued by an ICC Trial Chamber.
Rwandan FDLR rebels 'kill 26 in DR Congo'

BBC News - January 4, 2012

FDLR rebels in South KivuAt least 26 people have been killed in attacks by a Rwandan militia group in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Congolese army says. It says several remote villages in South Kivu province have been targeted since the start of January.
New Law Aims to Halt Sale of Conflict Minerals

Heather Murdock | VOA News - April 18, 2011

A gold miner scoops mud while digging an open pit at the Chudja mine in the Kilomoto concession near the village of Kobu, 100 km (62 miles) from Bunia in north-eastern Congo,In the Congolese countryside, there is said to be $24 trillion worth of precious minerals like tantalum, tungsten, gold and tin. They are used to make everything from light bulbs to airplanes, and have long funded the conflict in the country’s tumultuous eastern provinces.
Plight of the Congo Is Focus of U.S. Congress Hearing

chrissmith.house.gov - March 8, 2011

Actor Ben Affleck testifies about violence in eastern Congo at U.S. Congress hearing led by Rep. Chris SmithThe tragedy and hopes for peace in the Congo was the focus of a hearing held today by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Chairman of the House Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Subcommittee. Actor Ben Affleck testified about the work of the Eastern Congo Initiative, including his travel to the DRC.
US President Barack Obama outlines plan to defeat Ugandan LRA rebels

BBC News - November 25, 2010

Joseph KonyUS President Barack Obama has outlined a plan to disarm one of Africa's most feared rebel militias, the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army. LRA leaders initially claimed to be fighting to install a theocracy in Uganda based on the Biblical 10 commandments. But they now roam across parts of Sudan and Central African Republic (CAR), as well as north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Rights Group Says Arms Transport Needs Regulation

VOA News - July 19, 2010

Kinshasa - gunsStates are failing to control the transport of weapons around the world, says a new report from London-based watchdog Amnesty International. Transport companies registered in China, France, the Russian Federation, Britain and the United States move weapons to countries where they could be used to commit human-rights violations.



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