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Plight of the Congo Is Focus of U.S. Congress Hearing

chrissmith.house.gov - March 8, 2011

Actor Ben Affleck testifies about violence in eastern Congo at U.S. Congress hearing led by Rep. Chris SmithThe tragedy and hopes for peace in the Congo was the focus of a hearing held today by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Chairman of the House Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Subcommittee. Actor Ben Affleck testified about the work of the Eastern Congo Initiative, including his travel to the DRC.
Kabila, Kibaki meet over smuggled gold from eastern Congo

ACP - March 6, 2011

Joseph Kabila and Mwai Kibaki at Harambee House in Nairobi, KenyaPresidents Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mwai Kibaki of Kenya met on Friday at Harambee House in Nairobi, Kenya, over a “significant amount of gold”, estimated to be worth US $113 million, smuggled to Kenya from eastern Congo.
Mining ban fails to end armed control of trade, says Global Witness

Global Witness - March 4, 2011

Global WitnessThe Congolese government's decision this week to lift a ban on the mining and export of minerals from the country's eastern provinces is long overdue, says Global Witness today. The campaign group questioned what has been achieved since restrictions were imposed nearly six months ago.
Foreign 'gold smugglers' arrested in eastern Congo

BBC News - February 7, 2011

Congo goldEight foreigners - from the US, France and Nigeria - have been arrested on allegations of gold smuggling in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, officials say. "Millions of dollars" and 436kg of gold were seized, the local governor said.
Great Lakes Regional Summit to Focus on Congo Resource Exploitation

VOA News - December 15, 2010

ColtanEleven heads of state and government are to meet Wednesday in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, at a Great Lakes regional summit to look at the problem of illegal exploitation of natural resources in eastern Congo and the negative consequences this has had for the region.
Companies Struggle in Conflict Mineral Index

VOA News - December 14, 2010

Coltan in cellphonesA new U.S. report ranking companies on their efforts to stop the use of so-called conflict minerals from eastern Congo in electronic devices shows lots of improvement is needed. The U.S.-based Enough Project is ranking industry leaders in consumer electronics products that use tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold in their components. The U.S.-based Enough Project is ranking industry leaders in consumer electronics products that use tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold in their components.
Rusesabagina Welcomes Congo Report, Warns of Another Genocide in Rwanda

VOA News - October 6, 2010

Paul RusesabaginaPaul Rusesabagina, who is the subject of the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda, says the long history of conflict in the Congo is due in large part to conflict minerals. A Hutu who sheltered more than 1,200 Tutsi during the genocide, Paul Rusesabagina, says the report revealed unspoken truths about the region's history. He says the simmering ethnic tensions that triggered the 1994 genocide have returned to present day Rwanda, and warns the country is heading down the same path.
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.
Congo Catholic Bishops Praise U.S. Law on 'Conflict Minerals'

Forum des As - August 3, 2010

Congo Catholic BishopsThe head of the National Conference of Bishops (CENCO), Bishop Nicolas Djomo, said during a press conference in Kinshasa on Monday that the Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo is determined to campaign for the recently enacted U.S. law on ‘conflict minerals’, so that it is applied in the DRC.
Global Witness takes UK government to court over Congo conflict minerals

Global Witness - July 26, 2010

Global WitnessThe British government is acting unlawfully in refusing to put forward eligible UK companies and individuals trading in Congolese 'conflict minerals' for targeted UN sanctions, said campaign group Global Witness today in an application to the High Court for a judicial review.







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