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UN DR Congo Report Exposes Grave Crimes

Human Rights Watch - October 1, 2010

Rwandan refugees in DR CongoOn October 1, 2010, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights published the report of its human rights mapping exercise on Congo. United Nations members should make a concerted international effort to initiate judicial investigations into grave human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo documented by the UN and bring those responsible to justice.
US Calls for Accountability after UN Report on Atrocities in DR Congo

U.S. Department of State/Philip J. Crowley - October 1, 2010

Joseph Kabila and Paul Kagame in GomaAs we contemplate the contents of the report, it is crucially important that we remain focused on the tens of thousands of victims in the DRC. Accountability is an important step toward ensuring that further such incidents do not occur. The United States is firmly committed to helping the DRC and other nations in the region take positive steps to end the corrosive cycle of violence and impunity.
Government Suspends Mining in Three Eastern Congo Provinces

Congo News Agency - September 12, 2010

ColtanPresident Joseph Kabila announced on Thursday night that he was suspending all mining operations around Walikale, North Kivu province, during a speech at a banquet in Goma attended by local authorities and representatives of the civil society. The Minister of Mining, Martin Kabwelulu, said in a press release on Saturday that the suspension will be extended to all mining operations in North Kivu, South Kivu and Maniema provinces.
UN report says Rwandan army committed genocide in DR Congo

BBC News - August 26, 2010

Joseph Kabila and Paul Kagame in GomaThe BBC has seen a draft UN report that says crimes by the Rwandan army and allied rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo could be classified as genocide. The report details how they targeted Rwandan Hutu refugees and Congolese Hutus in DR Congo, from 1993-2003. It lists human rights violations committed by security forces from all countries involved in what has been called an "African world war".
Malu Malu Challenges Opponents of Elections Timetable

Congo News Agency - August 12, 2010

Apolinaire Malu MaluReacting to the mounting opposition against the timetable released by the Independent Electoral Commission on Monday, the head of the IEC said on Wednesday that all those opposed to the timetable can seek recourse before the Supreme Court. “Every citizen is free to petition the Supreme Court if they think that the law has been violated. The IEC will comply with the decision of the Court if it decides otherwise,” Malu Malu said.
Opposition, Civil Society Reject Elections Timetable

Le Potentiel - August 11, 2010

Apolinaire MalumaluReactions are beginning to pour in after the Independent Electoral Commission released on Monday a timetable for all upcoming elections in the DRC until 2013. The IEC released its schedule even though President Joseph Kabila signed a law last month creating a new body to oversee the electoral process in the DRC, the Independent National Electoral Commission, which will replace the IEC once its members are elected.
Electoral Commission Sets Date for 2011 Presidential Election

ACP - August 9, 2010

Apolinaire Malu MaluThe first round of presidential and parliamentary elections in the DRC will be held on November 27, 2011. The head of the Independent Electoral Commission, Apolinaire Malu Malu, released the schedule on Monday during a press conference in Kinshasa.
Muzito Signs $42 million Loan Agreement with India for Kakobola Dam

ACP - August 5, 2010

BandunduPrime Minister Adolphe Muzito signed a $42 million loan agreement with India on Thursday for the construction of the Kakobola dam in Bandundu Province. The Indian ambassador to the DRC, Devendra Srivastava, hailed the excellent state of relations between Congo and India, as demonstrated with the funding for the Kakobola dam and two other projects worth $33.5 million to build water supplies to rural areas.
Kabila Signs Bill Creating New Electoral Commission

Congo News Agency - July 30, 2010

Elections officials counting votesPresident Joseph Kabila signed into law on Wednesday a bill replacing the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Like its predecessor, the INEC is tasked with the organization of the electoral process, including voter registration, maintaining the voter registry, counting of votes, and organization of referendums.
U.S. Financial Bill Will Require Disclosure on Conflict Minerals - Hillary Clinton

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - July 22, 2010

Joseph Kabila with Hillary Clinton in Goma - CongoPresident Obama has now signed into law a measure that will require corporations to publicly disclose what they are doing to ensure that their products don't contain these minerals. The DRC has formally expressed its support for this law and has thanked both the executive and legislative branches of our government. This is one of several steps we are taking to stop this illicit and deadly trade.

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