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Legal News
14 May 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) [TRAC backgrounder] committed "grave violations of international humanitarian law" in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the end of 2014, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported [text, PDF; press release] Wednesday. The report claims that the … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [press release] Congolese authorities to bring to justice those who commanded rebel troops to commit killings, rapes, mutilations and child abductions across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). HRW pointed specifically to the fact that Mai Mai militia leader Ntabo … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2014
by Peter Snyder

The head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) [official website] Martin Kobler on Sunday commended [UN News Centre report] the sentencing of a former militia commander accused of war crimes. General Jerome Kakwaku was sentenced by a military court to 10 years … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Friday called on [press release] UN peacekeepers and Congolese authorities to protect the country's civilians from armed rebels that are considered extremely dangerous. AI claims that the rebels have killed more than 100 people during the month of October. In the most recent … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The head of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Saturday strongly condemned [press release] an outbreak of deadly violence in the eastern areas of the DRC, sparked by a confrontation over cattle. The UN deployed peacekeepers to the area to work alongside local … [read more]


Legal News
5 May 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A military court for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Monday convicted two of 39 soldiers charged with raping more than 130 women in the province of South Kivu. Another 24 soldiers were convicted of looting. Sources indicate that rape convictions are extremely rare in the DRC and … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The UN Joint Human Rights Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (UNJHRO) [official website] released a report [text, DOC] Wednesday detailing widespread sexual violence committed by government forces and rebel groups between January 2010 and December 2013 in the DRC. According to the report the UNJHRO documented … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday urged [press release] attendees of the fifth Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) [official website] to "ensure that people suspected of committing international crimes and … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The top official for the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) [official website], Martin Kobler, on Saturday condemned [press release] a series of attacks perpetrated by the Mayi-Mayi Cheka [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], which resulted in the deaths of 34 civilians, including 20 children, in … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The top UN official for the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) [official website] on Saturday urged Congolese authorities to take all necessary steps required to capture two escaped national army officials, both of whom were found guilty of human violations in September. … [read more]


Legal News
26 Sep 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Wednesday welcomed the establishment of a national human rights commission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [UN materials; BBC backgrounder] but said that rights abuses continue in the east. Pillay's report [text, PDF, in French] attributed the … [read more]


Legal News
29 Aug 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri [official profile] said Wednesday that respecting human rights [press release] is essential to achieve stabilization in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [UN materials; BBC backgrounder]. During her recent trip, Pansieri witnessed first-hand the siege of the city Goma, … [read more]


Legal News
23 Feb 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] In a statement [press release] to the UN Security Council [official website] on Friday, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Roger Meece [official profile] urged the council to deploy an additional military brigade to help the "overstretched" peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Meece, the head … [read more]


Legal News
3 Aug 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Thursday reiterated their condemnation [press release] of a group of renegade soldiers attempting to destabilize the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) known as the 23 March Movement (M23). In addition, the Security Council called on all foreign … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called Tuesday for an end to the supply of arms [press release] to groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The report [text, PDF] highlights the flaws in Congolese security, which AI says allow for violations towards civilians … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday urged [press release] the government of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to ensure justice for the victims of the recently increasing violence. It has been reported that more than 100,000 people … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic [official profile] on Friday addressed [UN News Centre] the recent increase in violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and the resulting human rights violations.The tension between government forces and dissident groups and militia … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Military forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) committed human rights violations during last year's presidential elections, according to a report [text, PDF] published Tuesday by the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO), consisting of the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) and … [read more]


Legal News
6 Dec 2011
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] said Tuesday that he will continue to monitor post-election violence [statement] in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Moreno-Ocampo said that he is in the process of requesting information from DRC authorities and that he would … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday urged [press release] the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government to control the country's security forces and prevent violence against the political opposition following the country's presidential election. HRW reported that 18 civilians have been killed and about 100 seriously wounded … [read more]

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