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Academic Commentary
12 Feb 2015
by Stefaan Smis & Derek Inman & Pacifique Muhindo of Vrije Universiteit Brussel
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnists Stefaan Smis, Derek Inman and Pacifique Muhindo of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, discuss the violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Democratic Republic of Congo and urge for the change in national priorities in order to stop impunity and injustice in the country...Over the last two … [read more]


Student Commentary
21 Oct 2014
by Angie Lin of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Endia Vereen

JURIST Guest Columnist Angie Lin, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the fourth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Lin discusses inadequate federal regulation of donated reproductive tissue in assisted reproductive fertility … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The National Network of Congolese Human Rights NGOs on Wednesday a new Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder] law providing amnesty for acts of war committed as far back as 2006. After more than three weeks of debate, lawmakers in the DRC approved the law on Tuesday … [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
7 Sep 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A top UN official specializing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Saturday emphasized the need to address the issue of impunity [press release] for those involved in human rights violations over the past year. The DRC has seen an increase in violence in the last year … [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
24 Jul 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [press release] on Monday that the rebel group 23 March Movement (M23) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is receiving assistance from Rwanda despite continued human rights abuses by the M23, including rape, executions and … [read more]


Legal News
9 May 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) troops committed numerous war crimes, including rape and murder, as they retreated from an advance by the 23 March Movement (M23) [JURIST news archive] rebels last November, according to a UN report [text, PDF] released Wednesday. The report claims [AFP report] Congolese military troops … [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
5 Feb 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] released report [HRW report] on Tuesday detailing numerous war crimes committed by the rebel group 23 March Movement (M23) [JURIST news archive] and Congolese military forces during M23's occupation of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last year. M23 officially … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] released [press release] its annual World Report [materials] on Thursday, emphasizing the need for emerging governments in the Middle East and North Africa to develop strong human rights commitments in the wake of the series of revolutions in 2011 known as the Arab … [read more]


Legal News
19 Dec 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A UN probe into human rights violations in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backrounder] found on Tuesday that at least 126 people were raped and at least two civilians were killed during recent violence in the region. The probe focused on alleged human rights violations [UN … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2012
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official site] on Friday voiced its concern [press release] for Congolese civilians displaced by continued fighting in North Kivu. The UNHCR and its affiliates typically oversee 31 refugee camps hosting over 108,000 people in the eastern province of the Democratic Republic of … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2012
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] expressed concern [press release] Tuesday for the civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] who are caught in continued fighting between the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) and … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] In an emergency meeting on Saturday, the UN Security Council [official website] condemned [press release] a series of guerrilla attacks by M23 rebel group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This came after the most recent attack by the group in the eastern region of the DRC … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2012
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) [official website] released a report [text, PDF] on Wednesday confirming the arbitrary executions of at least 264 civilians in Masisi Territory and North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [CIA backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The victims, including 83 children, … [read more]


Legal News
17 Oct 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] Ugandan officials have denied allegations contained in an unreleased UN Security Council [official website] report that Uganda has assisted rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Ugandan foreign affairs minister Okello Oryem vehemently denied [Al Jazeera report; video] the allegations [Reuters report] that his government has … [read more]

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