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ICC affirms acquittal of Congolese war crimes suspect
February 27, 2015
The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday upheld the trial chamber's decision to acquit Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, a Congolese man accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes. Ngudjolo was acquitted in December 2012 of leading a 2003 attack on the village of Bogoro i....... [more]

Impunity in the DRC: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?
February 12, 2015
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 t....... [more]

HRW: DRC using excessive force against protestors
January 24, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday criticized the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of using "unlawful and excessive force" against protestors in the capital of Kinshasa this past week. The recent demonstrations have taken place across the country to oppose proposed changes in a....... [more]

Rwanda police officers jailed for killing anti-corruption activist
January 23, 2015
Two Rwandan police officers were sentenced Thursday to 20 years in jail for the murder of a Transparency International anti-corruption activist. The motivation for the killing was to prevent Gustave Makonene from revealing the role the two men played in mineral smuggling across the Democratic Republ....... [more]

Congo senate amends electoral law to allow 2016 election
January 23, 2015
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Senate on Friday amended the country's electoral law to permit the 2016 presidential election to go forth as scheduled, without the requirement of conducting a census. The change comes after four days of violent nationwide protests resulted in dozens of deaths....... [more]

HRW urges Congo to bring rebel leaders to justice
January 7, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday urged 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 Ntabe....... [more]

ICC upholds Lubanga conviction
December 2, 2014
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday upheld the conviction and 14-year prison sentence of former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. Lubanga was convicted in March 2012 for the war crimes of enlisting and conscripting children under the age of 15 and....... [more]

Amnesty: Belgium mining company lied, destroyed homes in DRC
November 25, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) revealed new evidence Monday indicating a Belgian mining company, Groupe Forest International, lied about bulldozing homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The homes were destroyed during a 2009 police operation to clear the area of small-scale miners who were a....... [more]

HRW reports executions and disappearances in the Democratic Republic of Congo
November 18, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday released a report which accuses police officers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of executing 51 youths and causing the disappearance of 33 others. The police action was carried-out in furtherance of an anti-crime campaign between November 2013 and Februa....... [more]

Former Congolese vice president ordered to stand trial on charges of interfering with justice
November 12, 2014
Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday ordered former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and four members of his legal team to stand trial on charges of interfering with the administration of justice. Bemba and his team pleaded not guilty to allegations of bribing witnes....... [more]

Head of UN mission in DRC welcomes sentencing of militia leader for war crimes
November 10, 2014
The head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) Martin Kobler on Sunday commended the sentencing of a former militia commander accused of war crimes. General Jerome Kakwaku was sentenced by a military court to 10 years in prison for his leaders....... [more]




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