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21 May 2014 description

By Holly Dranginis and Timo Mueller, 20 May 2014


Washington, DC — If Congo and the international community are to learn anything productive from the Minova trial, they will look beyond its verdict. The devil - and the value - is in the details.

06 May 2014 description
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By Carolyn Miles, 5 May 2014

Despite horrific abuses perpetrated on women and children, the atrocities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rarely make international headlines.

Kinshasa, the DRC's capital, is always bustling, clogged by traffic jams and swarming with people. Yet in the shadows children are growing up on the streets. This country is one of the toughest places I have seen for anything resembling a happy childhood.

18 Dec 2012 description
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By Tami Hultman

It's a country the size of all of western Europe, with enormous mineral riches that enable the artifacts of modern life, from mobile phones and tablets to circuit boards and solar panels. It is also, by many accounts, the worst place to be a woman.

Last month Bineta Diop - named by Time magazine as one of the world's most influential women - responded to appeals from local women and visited the conflict-ravaged eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). She almost didn't make it out.

13 Apr 2011 description
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In his second day of testimony, an expert on rape as a tool of war today described to the Jean-Pierre Bemba trial the reasons for use of sexual violence during the 2002-2003 armed conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR).

11 Apr 2011 description
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United Nations agencies are working together to help restore security for communities affected by large-scale violence and killings in northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

06 Oct 2010 description
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Suliman Baldo and David Tolbert

Kinshasa - Last week, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights released a crucial report that describes the atrocities committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during its successive wars from 1993 to 2003.

The scale of suffering is staggering. The range of perpetrators is enormously complex. What is evident, however, is the importance of swift and targeted responses that deliver justice to the Congolese people.

We cannot ignore the need for a response to these international crimes.

17 Jul 2010 description
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Tens of thousands of people in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been fleeing a government offensive against Ugandan rebels, adding to the nearly 2.5 million people who have already become internally displaced or refugees in neighboring countries. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Reuben Brigety recently visited camps for the displaced and refugees.

29 Apr 2010 description
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Olivier Kambala wa Kambala

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Starting in Kampala on Monday, representatives of governments, the United Nations and civil society groups will meet for the first time to review the workings of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and of the international treaty which set it up, the Rome Statute. The 10-day review conference will consider among other issues the question of extending the court's mandate, which at present covers war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

06 Jan 2010 description
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Sheila Velez

The defence in the trial of alleged Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo - the first war crimes trial to be conducted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) - is scheduled to begin on Thursday. Ahead of the resumption of the case, Sheila Velez sketches the background.

The silence of the public gallery is interrupted only by the slow rise of the blinds. We are about to watch history in the making. Behind bulletproof glass a courtroom appears - the heart of the International Criminal Court.

09 Nov 2009 description
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The American government's new special adviser on the Great Lakes region, Howard Wolpe, comes to the post with the best part of three decades' experience in the Africa policies of U.S. administrations behind him. In the second of a two-part interview with AllAfrica, he discusses how the Obama administration could improve its diplomacy and strengthen peace-building in Central Africa.

Wolpe chaired the Subcommittee on Africa of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S.

06 Nov 2009 description
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Howard Wolpe has spent the best part of three decades helping to form and implement American policies on Africa. After chairing the Subcommittee on Africa of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives for 10 years, he later served as President Bill Clinton's special envoy to the Great Lakes region.

Earlier this year Wolpe returned to government in a similar role for the Obama administration. AllAfrica interviewed him in Cape Town at the beginning of his first trip to Southern and Central Africa in his new capacity.

18 Sep 2009 description
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The Enough Project, a leading Washington, DC-based advocacy group focusing on genocide and crimes against humanity, is stepping up efforts to end conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo fueled by minerals used in electronic devices. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's trip to the troubled eastern region last month has put a spotlight on the humanitarian crisis in the area and inevitably raises questions about what the U.S. government can and will do.

10 Jun 2009 description
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Cape Town - The annual report of the Africa Progress Report says that despite authoritarian and corrupt leaders, wars and coups, the overall trend in Africa is towards less conflict, more democracy and greater development.

Selected highlights from its 2009 report:

Progress in the areas of governance and education are mixed, with more democracy and access to education on the one hand, but coups d'etat and low school enrolment still …

03 Jun 2009 description
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Kigali - As the operation mounted by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) army, against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) continues, close to a dozen deaths among rebel ranks have been reported.

According to DRC's North Kivu Provincial Governor Julien Paluku, a recent operation against the insurgents claimed at least 11 FDLR militias and four were captured.

09 Feb 2009 description
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Faatimah Hendricks

In a surprise move last month, Rwanda detained its erstwhile ally, the Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda, who led an offensive in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo late last year, defeating government forces in a series of battles. Masoka Hubert Tshiswaka is the DRC programme manager for the Open Society Institute. AllAfrica's Faatimah Hendricks discussed with him what the future looks like in the eastern DRC after Nkunda's detention. Excerpts:

What will the impact be of the capture of Nkunda?

27 Jan 2009 description
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James Karuhanga

Kigali - As the ongoing Rwanda-DRC joint offensive against the Ex-FAR Interahamwe intensified yesterday, four other rebels were killed, dozens of weapons seized while hundreds more surrendered.

The operation code named Umoja Wetu (Our Unity) was launched last week in an effort to rout the militias responsible for the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, out of the Eastern DRC.


13 Nov 2008 description
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Katy Gabel, Nairobi -  Armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are looting homes, raping women and forcing civilians to carry water for them, says Rebecca Wynn of the Oxfam agency. AllAfrica's Katy Gabel interviewed her on the phone from Nairobi.

What is the situation on the ground right now?

I'm in Goma at the moment. We've seen a lot of people moved from their homes, and many of them are trying to get to the safest places they can be.

18 Jul 2005 description
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by Felix Basiime

Mbarara, Jul 18, 2005 --FRESH fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo has sparked off a new exodus of about 140 Congolese refugees who have entered Uganda's border districts of Kanungu and Kisoro.

The 2nd Division Army Spokesman, Lt. Chris Magezi, said fresh fighting between local militia groups had erupted about 20kms inside DR Congo in Nyakakoma and Nyamirima, a landing site at Lake Edward.

"Our forces at the border can hear motor sounds from DRC very well.

15 Dec 2004 description
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Charles Cobb

In the past few months, Rwanda's government has increasingly insisted on action from the international community to combat the threat it says is posed by the ex-FAR, Rwanda's former Hutu-dominated army, and the Interhamwe, the Hutu militia largely responsible for the 1994 genocide which killed at least 800,000 Rwandans. Rwandan officials say these groups have reorganized in refugee camps in the DRC and are preparing for attacks on Rwanda.