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Should Lubanga Face Trial in DRC?

IWPR - October 16, 2007

Thomas LubangaHis trial hasn't yet begun, but it is already possible that the International Criminal Court's sole detainee will return to the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, for at least part of the proceedings.
Violence cuts off 150,000 people from aid - WFP

IRIN - October 8, 2007

WFP truck in CongoChronic violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has cut 150,000 vulnerable people off from humanitarian aid, deepening an already severe crisis, according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP).
Military Court Trials Worry Rights Activists

IWPR - September 27, 2007

Serge MahesheAt the Kisangani military court in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the day's work begins long before any lawyers or accused arrive. The courtroom - where judges hear cases both mundane and involving the most serious war crimes - is devoid of furniture. The judge's assistants must carry in a desk to serve as the bench and pews from the nearby Catholic church to seat spectators.
Hell on earth - systematic rape in Eastern Congo

The Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (JHA) - August 10, 2007

Often the women are kidnapped while working in the fields or on the way to fetch water, food or firewood. Often kidnappings occur during raids of villages by armed attackers, who often come in groups of two to five.The victims are taken from the villages into the forest where they are held captive and are gang raped for days or months.


UN: Hold Peacekeepers Accountable for Congo Smuggling

Human Rights Watch - July 23, 2007

MONUC - Bas-CongoFollowing its investigation into alleged gold smuggling and arms trading by UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations should ensure accountability for those involved, Human Rights Watch said today. In a letter to Jean-Marie Guehenno, the under-secretary-general for UN peacekeeping operations, Human Rights Watch took issue with Guehenno's comments that the matter is now "closed.?
Study: Child Soldiers Suffer from Emotional Stress for Years

VOA News - April 20, 2007

Child solders stand talking near the small village of Boga near Bunia, Democratic Republic of CongoAn international human rights group says child soldiers as young as 13 are serving in the army of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Human Rights Watch is urging the Congolese government to release the estimated 300 to 500 youngsters, whom they inherited when they absorbed the armies of former rebel warlords under terms of a peace plan.
Arbitrary killings, rape part of ongoing abuses in the east

IRIN - April 19, 2007

Congo-Kinshasa Sake areaExecutions and rape of civilians have continued in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) according to a report published by the United Nations detailing human rights abuses during the month of March.
Army Should Stop Use of Child Soldiers

Human Rights Watch - April 19, 2007

Congo child soldiersThe Congolese government should immediately stop former rebel warlords now commissioned as national army officers from recruiting and using child soldiers in army brigades deployed in North Kivu province, Human Rights Watch said today.
War Crimes Case to Present In-Person Testimonies

VOA News - January 30, 2007

Thomas LubangaFormer Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga is the first person to be tried by the world's only permanent global war crimes court, the Hague-based International Criminal Court.







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