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Global Witness urges governments to act on findings of UN experts' report on DRC

Global Witness - November 26, 2009

Global WitnessUN member states should take strong action in response to new information about companies and individuals who trade in minerals from areas of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo controlled by armed groups, Global Witness said today.
Activists say UN policy must change in DR Congo

BBC News - November 25, 2009

Congo FARDC soldiersRights activists have urged the UN to change its policy in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after a leaked report said the rebellion there was worsening. Human Rights Watch called for a greater effort to tackle a global crime network backing the ethnic Hutu rebels.
Amnesty International: more prosecutions should follow for war crimes in the Kivus

Amnesty International - November 19, 2009

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesAmnesty International welcomes the arrest by the German authorities of Ignace Murwanashyaka, President of the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR), and his deputy, Straton Musoni, on 17 November 2009 as an important step forward in addressing impunity and establishing accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in eastern DRC.
MONUC welcomes the arrest of two FDLR leaders by Germany

MONUC - November 19, 2009

Alan DossThe United Nations Organization Mission in DR Congo (MONUC) today welcomed reports of the arrest by German Federal Police of two FDLR leaders currently residing in the country namely Ignace Murwanashyaka and Straton Musoni on Tuesday on suspicion of carrying out crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Germany arrests top Rwanda rebels

BBC News - November 17, 2009

Ignace MurwanashyakaPolice in Germany have arrested two Rwandan militia leaders on suspicion of crimes committed in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ignace Murwanashyaka, the leader of the FDLR rebel group, and his aide Straton Musoni were held on suspicion of crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Congo rebel fight 'must continue'

BBC News - November 10, 2009

Olusegun ObasanjoThe UN envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo has urged support for the government in its battle with Rwandan rebels, despite accusations of abuses. Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said an army offensive had achieved "reasonable success".
Human Rights Watch Chalks New Allegations Against Congo, Rwanda Troops

Congo News Agency - November 3, 2009

Human Rights Watch (HRW)Four days after Congo Government spokesman Lambert Mende lambasted Human Rights Watch about what he called “exaggerated” allegations on the situation in eastern Congo and the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC) military operation (Kimia II) against the Rwandan Hutu militia (FDLR), the NGO responded with new allegations against the FARDC and their Rwandan Defense Force (RDF) allies in another operation (Umoja Wetu) against the FDLR earlier this year.

DR Congo in better situation but still in aftermath of insecurity

Xinhua - November 2, 2009

Mwando SimbaThe Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has entered into a decisive phase in the process of reconstruction and democratization, but the government still has much to do to get rid of insecurity. In a recent press release, Congolese Defense Minister Charles Muando Nsimba announced the operation initiated by the armed forces FARDC and the UN mission MONUC to combat Rwandan rebels and other insurgents were on the right track with positive results.
Government Spokesman Blasts Human Rights Watch, NGOs, on Eastern Congo Reports

Congo News Agency - November 1, 2009

Lambert MendeDuring a press conference on Thursday in Kinshasa, Government spokesman Lambert Mende blasted what he called an “avalanche of corrosive reports being poured lately” by NGOs about the situation in eastern Congo. “Those who are always telling others what to do, as if they know the Democratic Republic of Congo better than the Congolese themselves”, are suffering from “the illusion of immediate knowledge” that usually affects “amateur ethnologists”, he said.

Real prospect of ending fighting in eastern DR Congo, says top UN envoy

UN News - October 16, 2009

Alan Doss“There is now a real prospect that the conflicts that have long blighted the eastern Congo can be ended,” Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for DRC and head of the UN peacekeeping force there, told the Security Council.







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