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Joint Government and UN Inquiry Needed into Death of Floribert Chebeya

Human Rights Watch - June 3, 2010

Floribert Chebeya"Floribert Chebeya's shocking death is a serious blow for human rights in the Congo," said Anneke Van Woudenberg, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. "The announced police investigation needs UN help if it is to be credible and transparent and bring all those responsible to justice."
Top UN officials urge inquiry into killing of Congolese human rights activist

UN News Centre - June 3, 2010

Floribert ChebeyaUN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Philip Alston and Alan Doss, the head of the UN peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC), have all issued statements condemning the murder of Floribert Chebeya Bahizire.
Leading Human Rights Activist Found Dead in Congo

Amnesty International USA - June 2, 2010

Floribert ChebeyaFloribert Chebeya has been arrested and harassed by the authorities in the past but it seems he may have paid the ultimate price for his valuable work. He was the executive director of one of Congo’s largest human rights organizations, Voix des Sans Voix (VSV), and of the national network of human rights groups.
U.S. Official Sees Improvement in Africa's Great Lakes Region

Charles W. Corey | America.gov - May 26, 2010

Johnnie CarsonPresident Kabila has taken important steps to address insecurity, but they remain insufficient. The president has also voiced strong support for our program to train a light infantry battalion in Kisangani. That training includes a strong focus on improving FARDC human rights practices, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson told the U.S. Congress.
UN forces, army adopt new directives with civilian protection at core

UN News - December 16, 2009

Congo FARDC soldiersUnited Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the national army adopted new directives today for operations against rebels with the protection of civilians as the core focus following reports of massacres and other serious human rights violations by Congolese soldiers.
UN Report Describes 'Terrible' Year for Children in Armed Conflict

VOA News - September 16, 2009

Congo child soldiersThe U.N. Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict says the past year has been terrible for children in war-torn regions. In a report submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council, the Special Representative highlights the grave situation of child soldiers and other children in a number of conflicts around the world.
Human Rights: MONUC releases reports on Kiwanja and Kanyabayonga incidents

MONUC - September 9, 2009

MONUC investigate Kiwanja massacreThis first report documents the main human rights abuses that were committed and the legal framework that applies to them, as well as the chain of command that was in operation at the time of the perpetration of the abuses. Therein, the UNJHRO formulates several recommendations to the Congolese authorities, the parties to the conflict, and the international community, notably MONUC to improve its capacity to protect civilian populations.
Senior UN peacekeeping official assesses DR Congo's prisons

UN News - July 22, 2009

Congo prisonA senior United Nations peacekeeping official continued his tour today of the war-ravaged eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he is evaluating the state of the country’s troubled prison system.
Congo Government Accuses Human Rights Watch of Hidden Agenda

Congo News Agency - July 5, 2009

Lambert Mende OmalangaGovernment spokesman Lambert Mende said that the NGO seems to have found an “easy target” in the Congolese Government. He questioned its “tendency to shoot on ambulances”. He added that it’s “easy for Human Rights Watch to attack a country like ours”. And that, “Human Rights Watch should be applauded for its courage to always shoot at the weak”.

Air Raid Kills Hutu Militia in DRC

VOA News - February 13, 2009

North Kivu MapArmy officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say an air raid has killed more than 40 Rwandan Hutu rebels. The Thursday strike on the camp where leaders of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda were meeting also wounded several other rebels.







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