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HRW reports executions and disappearances in the Democratic Republic of Congo
November 18, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday released a report which accuses police officers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of executing 51 youths and causing the disappearance of 33 others. The police action was carried-out in furtherance of an anti-crime campaign between November 2013 and Februa....... [more]

Former Congolese vice president ordered to stand trial on charges of interfering with justice
November 12, 2014
Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday ordered former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and four members of his legal team to stand trial on charges of interfering with the administration of justice. Bemba and his team pleaded not guilty to allegations of bribing witnes....... [more]

Head of UN mission in DRC welcomes sentencing of militia leader for war crimes
November 10, 2014
The head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) Martin Kobler on Sunday commended the sentencing of a former militia commander accused of war crimes. General Jerome Kakwaku was sentenced by a military court to 10 years in prison for his leaders....... [more]

Amnesty: UN peacekeepers and Congolese authorities must protect civilians
November 2, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Friday called on UN peacekeepers and Congolese authorities to protect the country's civilians from armed rebels that are considered extremely dangerous. AI claims that the rebels have killed more than 100 people during the month of October. In the most recent attack, it....... [more]

ICC orders interim release of four suspects with ties to Bemba case
October 23, 2014
Judge Cuno Tarfusser of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday reviewed the detention status of four suspects motu proprio and ordered their interim release in a case pending before the ICC related to the detention of former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, whose case is....... [more]

UN rights report finds violations in DR Congo
October 16, 2014
Rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights announced the findings of a report on Wednesday alleging a number of summary executions and forced executions carried out against civilians by Congolese national forces during operation 'Likofi' between November 2013 and Feb....... [more]

Recruitment of child soldiers persists in DRC: UN report
July 23, 2014
UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui presented her fifth report on the situation of children affected by armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to the Security Council Working Group on children and armed conflict Monday. The UN has documente....... [more]

Congo militia leader drops ICC appeal
June 26, 2014
Defense counsel for convicted war criminal Germain Katanga discontinued their appeal Wednesday, effectively finalizing the International Criminal Court's judgment against him in March. Katanga, the alleged commander of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rebel group Force de refsistance patri....... [more]

ICC confirms war crimes charges against Congo rebel leader
June 10, 2014
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday confirmed charges against Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda. The charges consist of 18 counts of war crimes including murder, rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers, as well as crimes against humanity charges. The ICC held a confirma....... [more]

UN calls for immediate end to conflict in DRC
June 8, 2014
The head of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Saturday strongly condemned an outbreak of deadly violence in the eastern areas of the DRC, sparked by a confrontation over cattle. The UN deployed peacekeepers to the area to work alongside local authorities to help restore....... [more]

Rights group files criminal complaint over murder of DRC rights advocates
June 5, 2014
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) filed a criminal complaint in Senegal Wednesday against former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) police officer Paul Mwilambwe for his alleged involvement in the slaying of DRC human rights activists Floribert Chebeya and Fidele Bazana. Mwilambwe....... [more]




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