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Southern African Ministers Prepare Report on Regional Crises

VOA News - January 7, 2010

Southern Africa Development Community - SADCOfficials said the ministers believe that progress is being made toward easing the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and that reconciliation efforts between the government and various rebel groups were on the right track.
Human Rights Watch Calls on FDLR Rebels in Eastern Congo to Investigate Themselves

Congo News Agency - December 15, 2009

Human Rights Watch (HRW)In its latest report on the situation in eastern Congo published on Monday, Human Rights Watch calls on the notoriously infamous rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) to investigate themselves. This is the most naïve recommendation, and there are many, included in this report.
Madagascar President Prevented from Taking Floor at UN General Assembly

VOA News - September 25, 2009

Southern Africa Development Community - SADCIn a rare intervention in the Assembly hall, the foreign minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Alexis Mwamba, representing SADC, protested allowing Mr. Rajoelina to speak. "SADC would like to express its protest against the decision to invite Mr. Andry Rajoelina to take the floor at the general debate of our august assembly," he said.
Diplomatic Activity Builds to Halt Eastern Congo Clashes

VOA News - January 8, 2009

Olusegun ObasanjoDiplomatic activity aimed at ending the violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is intensifying. The United Nations mediator for eastern Congo, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, arrived Thursday in Kinshasa for talks with Congolese officials, while talks between the Congolese government and eastern rebels continued in Kenya.
Opinion: Solving the Kivu Equation

IWPR - December 24, 2008

Congo-Kinshasa - Goma - SakeThe presence of FDLR soldiers - Rwandan Hutus who fled into Congo after the genocide and now control part of the illegal mineral trade in the east - is a pretext for Rwanda to attack the Kivus. The FDLR are also used by Laurent Nkunda as a justification for his "protection" of the Tutsi minority. As if defending a minority is an acceptable excuse for massacring other Congolese ethnic groups.
Human Rights Watch Details Summary Executions in DRC

VOA News - December 12, 2008

Laurent NkundaU.S.-based Human Rights Watch has described in chilling detail an attack last month in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in which about 150 people were killed not far from a U.N. peacekeeping base. The human rights group says most of those killed in Kiwanja on November 4 and 5 were shot or hacked to death by ethnic Tutsi rebels after the rebels repulsed an attack by pro-government militia.
Human Rights Watch: 150 people killed in Kiwanja as UN force stood by

Human Rights Watch - December 11, 2008

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoOn November 4-5, 2008, an estimated 150 people were killed in the town of Kiwanja in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, half a mile away from United Nations peacekeeping forces. The event marks one of the worst killing sprees in North Kivu in the past two years. Most of those killed were summarily executed by forces of rebel commander Laurent Nkunda's National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP).
Human Rights Council adopts resolution on human rights in eastern Congo

Human Rights Council - December 1, 2008

Martin Ihoeghian UhomoobhiThe Human Rights Council today concluded its eighth special session on the situation of human rights in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and adopted a resolution in which it condemned the acts of violence, human rights violations and abuses committed in Kivu.
Human Rights Watch: Increase Peacekeepers in Eastern Congo

Human Rights Watch - November 11, 2008

Kivu - Congo - IDPsThe civilian toll continues to rise, including killings in the town of Kiwanja in North Kivu on November 4-5 that Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Congo Alan Doss described as war crimes in a statement on November 7.
Human Rights Watch Accuses Congo Rebels of Killing Civilians

VOA News - November 7, 2008

Laurent NkundaU.S.-based group Human Rights Watch has accused Congolese Tutsi rebels of war crimes for the alleged killing of numerous civilians in the town of Kiwanja. Rights group urges "judicial authorities either from the International Criminal Court or from national jurisdictions to urgently look at what happened and to ensure that actors not just from these killings that happened in Kiwanja but from other towns as well over the past few years are held to account and are arrested".







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