Bemba’s Acquittal Raises Concerns on Reparations to Victims in the Central African Republic

[Bemba Trial Website] The acquittal of Jean-Pierre Bemba has created uncertainty over reparations to several victims of crimes committed by his troops a decade and a half ago. The International Criminal Court’s (ICC) rules provide that no reparations o…

[Bemba Trial Website] The acquittal of Jean-Pierre Bemba has created uncertainty over reparations to several victims of crimes committed by his troops a decade and a half ago. The International Criminal Court's (ICC) rules provide that no reparations order can be issued when there is no conviction.

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Returning Congolese Find Homes in Ruins, Livelihoods Destroyed

[UNHCR] TCHOMIA, the Democratic Republic of the Congo -Fishing boats line the shore of Lake Albert in the north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Children play in the shallow water, while adults throng the busy market.

[UNHCR] TCHOMIA, the Democratic Republic of the Congo -Fishing boats line the shore of Lake Albert in the north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Children play in the shallow water, while adults throng the busy market.

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‘Barbaric Violence Reported in DRC Ituri Region – UNHCR

[UNHCR] After months of conflict between the Hema and Lendu ethnic groups in eastern DR Congo’s Ituri region, a UNHCR team has recently been able to obtain access to the area where they met some of the 150,000 people formerly displaced people who are n…

[UNHCR] After months of conflict between the Hema and Lendu ethnic groups in eastern DR Congo's Ituri region, a UNHCR team has recently been able to obtain access to the area where they met some of the 150,000 people formerly displaced people who are now returning in hope of finding their homes.

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Below the Surface, a Game Changer in Congolese Politics

[Atlantic Council] “Shikata,” or “remain seated” in Swahili, claim the posters on Congolese President Joseph Kabila’s effigy in the streets of Lubumbashi. But while everyone’s attention is focused on the regime’s contortions to stay in power, despite c…

[Atlantic Council] "Shikata," or "remain seated" in Swahili, claim the posters on Congolese President Joseph Kabila's effigy in the streets of Lubumbashi. But while everyone's attention is focused on the regime's contortions to stay in power, despite constitutional impediments to doing so and deep domestic discontent, the 2015 break-up of Congo's existing provinces has upended politics below the surface with far-reaching consequences for the current regime and potentially destabilizing effects for whomever inherits the state

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Thousands Threatened By National Park Oil Plans – Activists

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -The parks are among the world’s largest tropical rainforest reserves, covering an area about the size of Switzerland

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -The parks are among the world's largest tropical rainforest reserves, covering an area about the size of Switzerland

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Brutal Killings Emerge From Congolese Ethnic Conflict

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -ARMED groups are accused of barbaric violence, including attacks with guns, arrows and machetes on civilians, during ethnic clashes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -ARMED groups are accused of barbaric violence, including attacks with guns, arrows and machetes on civilians, during ethnic clashes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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Rights Abusers Rewarded With Army Promotions

[HRW] The Democratic Republic of Congo’s president and commander in chief, Joseph Kabila, has promoted two generals long linked to serious human rights abuses. The new appointments, announced on the weekend, heighten concerns of more repression and abu…

[HRW] The Democratic Republic of Congo's president and commander in chief, Joseph Kabila, has promoted two generals long linked to serious human rights abuses. The new appointments, announced on the weekend, heighten concerns of more repression and abuse in the weeks ahead, as Kabila ponders his plans ahead of elections scheduled for December 23.

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In DR Congo, Speak Out and Get Arrested

[HRW] Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo arrested seven activists on Wednesday in the eastern city of Goma after a sit-in in front of MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo. The activists read out a memorandum demanding the release …

[HRW] Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo arrested seven activists on Wednesday in the eastern city of Goma after a sit-in in front of MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo. The activists read out a memorandum demanding the release of their fellow activists in the capital, Kinshasa, sang protest songs, and displayed banners with messages such as "Release Our Friends" and "Activism is Not a Crime."

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Kabila Snubs Senior Diplomats

[HRW] The Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Joseph Kabila abruptly cancelled a meeting planned for this week with the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the African Union Chair Moussa Faki. Kabila sent a message this weekend that he was “no longer available” for the meeting – just before the top diplomats were due to travel to Congo’s capital, Kinshasa.

[HRW] The Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila abruptly cancelled a meeting planned for this week with the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the African Union Chair Moussa Faki. Kabila sent a message this weekend that he was "no longer available" for the meeting - just before the top diplomats were due to travel to Congo's capital, Kinshasa.

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‘Whoever They Met, They Would Cut and Kill’ – Displaced Congolese Recount Rebel Atrocities

[IRIN] Two years of tit-for-tat attacks in Rutshuru have left villages burnt, civilians killed, and communities divided along ethnic lines

[IRIN] Two years of tit-for-tat attacks in Rutshuru have left villages burnt, civilians killed, and communities divided along ethnic lines

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