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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) released former Prime Minister Matata Ponyo Mapon from house arrest on Wednesday after he agreed to cooperate with the investigation about the alleged misappropriation of government funds. According to Mapon’s lawyer, Laurent Onyemba, the house arrest order was lifted late on Wednesday evening. DRC prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for [...]

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Grave violations against children in conflict remain alarmingly high, with the COVID-19 pandemic increasing their vulnerability, according to a UN report released Monday. The annual Children and Armed Conflict report covers the period from January to December 2020. It claims that grave violations against children are at nearly 26,500 due to increased vulnerability to abduction, [...]

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) Appeals Chamber on Tuesday upheld a conviction and 30-year prison sentence for former Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda. Ntaganda, known colloquially as “The Terminator,” was convicted by Trial Chamber VI on July 8, 2019, on 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity that occurred under his command as [...]

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In 2006 as the Human Rights Council was being set up, I wrote an opinion piece on this website in which I shared, among other aspects, my impressions as to how the Council would shape up. Experience thus far produced mixed assessment. The transition from the Commission to the Council took a couple of years, [...]

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The government of Sudan formally requested assistance Monday from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, current African Union chairman, the US and the EU in settling a dispute over a dam on the Nile River. Egypt has expressed support for the proposal. The dam in question, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), is currently under [...]

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Child soldiers and other victims of convicted Congolese militia leader Bosco Ntaganda should get a total of $30 million compensation, International Criminal Court judges ruled on Monday, in their highest ever reparation order. Ntaganda was a general in the Congolese army, but in 2012 he left the army and formed the M23 rebel group, which [...]

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The Biden administration on Wednesday designated two alleged affiliates of the Islamic State in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique as foreign terrorist organizations. The State Department named as foreign terrorist organizations the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Congo and Ansar al-Sunna in Mozambique. The Department also designated the respective leaders of those organizations, Seka [...]

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The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a press briefing on Tuesday that attacks against civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) may amount to crimes against humanity. The declaration comes after numerous civilian attacks were described in a report by the UN Joint Human Rights Office in [...]

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