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More action needed to stop sexual abuses, new UN report says

IRIN - March 25, 2005

A new UN report issued on Thursday said that efforts to stop UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from sexually abusing the local population have not been effective and it recommended establishing better mechanisms to investigate cases.


Ituri militias take war to civilians

IRIN - March 23, 2005

Three months after the resumption of fighting between Lendu and Hema militias in Ituri, a district in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a vivid picture of human-rights violations is emerging.


Another key Ituri leader arrested

IRIN - March 22, 2005

The Congolese government has arrested Thomas Lubanga, the leader of the Union des patriotes Congolais (UPC), a key political movement in the northeastern district of Ituri, a government official announced on Tuesday.


Disarmament begins in Ituri, targeting 4,000 rebels

IRIN - March 22, 2005

Some 550 former combatants surrendered their arms on Sunday and Monday in the northeastern district of Ituri, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in a disarmament effort targeting 4,000 militiamen, the largest number so far.


Boat capsizes, killing 16

IRIN - March 21, 2005

Sixteen people died on Saturday in the western province of Equateur, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), after a boat capsized on the River Congo in Lukolela Territory, about 200 km from the provincial capital of Mbandaka, a local official told IRIN.


World Bank grants region $20 million to fight HIV/AIDS

IRIN - March 18, 2005

The World Bank has announced a US $20-million grant to boost the fight against HIV/AIDS in six countries in Africa's Great Lakes region, which are home to an estimated six million people living with the condition.


UN seizes weapons in Ituri

IRIN - March 18, 2005

Peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) seized guns and ammunitions on Wednesday in the embattled northeastern district of Ituri, the UN Mission there, known as MONUC, said.


UN official dismissed over sex abuse scandal

IRIN - March 18, 2005

A senior UN civilian official accused of sexual misconduct in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is no longer under investigations; another senior official has been dismissed, Fred Eckhard, the spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, announced on Thursday.


SANDF will not tolerate rights abuses

IRIN - March 17, 2005

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has said it will not "tolerate any behaviour" by its members that undermined its "good image and international standing."


UN agency to act on Ituri human rights violations

IRIN - March 17, 2005

The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), known as MONUC, has pledged to "bring before the courts" perpetrators of crimes committed in the embattled northeastern district of Ituri.





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