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Congolese Soldiers on Trial for War Crimes

VOA News - December 28, 2006

Bunia - IturiA group of Congolese soldiers is on trial for war crimes allegedly committed in the country's volatile east. U.N. investigators last month discovered mass graves containing around 30 bodies, including women and children, inside an army camp.
World Court Begins Hearings Against Alleged Congo Warlord

VOA News - November 9, 2006

Thomas LubangaJudges at the International Criminal Court in The Hague began hearing evidence for the first time, as prosecutors began laying out their case against a Congolese militia leader. Thomas Lubanga is accused of recruiting children to fight a brutal war in the northeast of the country. For VOA, Lauren Comiteau is following the confirmation proceedings and has more from Amsterdam.
Human Rights Watch: Army Abducts Civilians for Forced Labor

Human Rights Watch - October 16, 2006

Congolese soldiersThe Congolese armed forces must immediately end their practice of abducting civilians and using them for forced labor in the country's northeastern Ituri district, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo must investigate and prosecute soldiers suspected of these crimes.
Rights Group: Street Kids Open to Congo Election Manipulation

VOA News - April 4, 2006

A human rights group is warning that the Democratic Republic of Congo's street children risk being manipulated by political parties during and after elections this year.


Military tribunal imprisons ex-commander for abusing children

IRIN - March 20, 2006

A Congolese military tribunal has condemned a leader of a former armed group, called Mudundu 40, to five years imprisonment for crimes including the illegal detention of children, the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) said on Monday.


Continued attacks in North Kivu leave 37,000 IDPs without aid

IRIN - February 3, 2006

At least 37,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are without humanitarian relief because of continued attacks by military insurgents in North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), officials said.


Obasanjo orders return of police team in DR Congo over alleged sex abuses

IRIN - September 12, 2005

President Olusegun Obasanjo's government ordered the return of 120 Nigerian police officers serving in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo after some of them were accused of sexual abuses, police officials said on Monday.


UN mission calls for inquiry into death of rights activist

IRIN - August 3, 2005

The UN Mission in Congo, known as MONUC, has called for an inquiry into the killing of Pascal Kabangulu, a prominent Congolese human rights activist, officials at the mission told reporters in Kinshasa on Wednesday.


Who's who in Ituri - militia organisations, leaders

IRIN - April 20, 2005

Conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues despite a peace agreement signed by Congolese parties in April 2003.


Call for judicial reform, justice for rape victims

IRIN - March 8, 2005

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and international donors must take urgent steps to reform the country's legal system and ensure justice for victims of sexual violence, the international advocacy group, Human Rights Watch (HRW), said on Monday in a new report.









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