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New Government must make child protection a 'priority' - UN envoy

UN News Service - March 12, 2007

Congo child soldiersThe new Government in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which was elected last year in landmark elections, must make child protection a "priority" and ensure enough resources are allocated to reintegrate former child soldiers into their communities, the top United Nations envoy on children and armed conflict said today.
Grave human rights abuses by all sides mar DR Congo's transition from war, UN reports

UN News Service - March 12, 2007

Congo soldiers in BuniaSummary executions, enforced disappearances, mass arbitrary arrests, ill-treatment and torture of civilians for their political affiliations as well as rape continued at an alarming rate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in a climate of total impunity in the second half of 2006, according to the latest United Nations
UN: Thomas Lubanga's indictment is the beginning

MONUC - March 6, 2007

Radhika CoomaraswamyThe United Nations envoy on children and armed conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy is on a six-day visit to DRC to discuss the issues of children associated with armed groups, sexual violence and impunity with the government authorities. In Kinshasa, on March 5, 2007, she spoke further about the aim of her visit before traveling to Ituri district and the Kivu provinces.
Thousands expelled from Angola battling for survival

IRIN - March 6, 2007

Congo - AngolaAbout 43,400 Congolese expelled from diamond mines in northern Angola are living in precarious conditions near the Congolese border, humanitarian officials said.
Great Lakes Conference: "A step forward has been taken" says UN

MONUC - March 2, 2007

Great Lakes - CongoThe regional parliamentary meeting on the International Conference on the Great Lakes region, which was hailed as "a step forward" by the UN, was concluded by Prime Minister Antoine Gizenga on February 28, 2007 at the Palais du Peuple in Kinshasa.
Another rebel group gives up arms

IRIN - February 28, 2007

Ituri = CongoOne of the main rebel groups in the troubled Ituri District of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) began surrendering its weapons on Tuesday under an ongoing demobilisation, disarmament and reintegration (DDR) process, military and United Nations sources said.
Peter Karim surrenders 170 troops

MONUC - February 27, 2007

Peter Karim - IturiPeter Karim, commander of the FNI - the last remaining militia group in Ituri - made an important first step towards the consolidation of peace in the district on Tuesday February 27, 2007, with the surrender and disarmament of 170 of his troops at Dera, 60km from Kpandroma.
Army and police continue to violate civilians' human rights, says UN mission

UN News Centre - February 21, 2007

Congo soldiers in BuniaThe United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reported that the human rights situation in the country continues to deteriorate, as the army and police perpetrate acts of violence against civilians and the number of reported rapes surges.
Ex-militiamen get life for murdering UN soldiers

IRIN - February 21, 2007

UN peacekeepers in CongoA military tribunal in Ituri District, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has sentenced five former militiamen to life imprisonment for killing two United Nations military observers in 2003.
UN welcomes life terms imposed on murderers of two peacekeepers

UN News Centre - February 21, 2007

UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today welcomed the life sentences handed down by a Congolese court on four men convicted of murdering two UN military observers in 2003 as well as life terms given 13 others accused of massacring civilians last year.







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