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Congo militia leader appeals ICC conviction
April 10, 2014
The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced Wednesday that Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga is appealing his recent conviction for war crimes. Katanga, the alleged commander of the Patriotic Resistance Forces in Ituri, an armed militia group from the Ituri region of the Democratic Repub....... [more]

UN releases report detailing sexual violence in the DRC
April 10, 2014
The UN Joint Human Rights Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (UNJHRO) released a report 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 3,635 ca....... [more]

DRC urged to adopt new law to prosecute war crimes
April 1, 2014
A coalition of 146 Congolese and international human rights organizations released a joint declaration Tuesday urging the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to create new mechanisms in its national justice system for prosecuting war crimes. Specifically, the declaration urged the Congolese governmen....... [more]

ICC convicts Congo militia leader of war crimes
March 7, 2014
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday found Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga guilty of four counts of war crimes and one count of crime against humanity. The crimes were committed during an attack on a village in a diamond-rich region of Congo in 2003, in which approximately 200 c....... [more]

ICC prosecutors allege Congo war crimes suspect used child soldiers
February 10, 2014
The Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday alleged that Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda was instrumental in organizing and ordering militias of "child soldiers" to attack civilians. Ntaganda is accused of 10 counts of war crimes and crimes against h....... [more]

Rights groups oppose new DRC amnesty law
February 7, 2014
The National Network of Congolese Human Rights NGOs on Wednesday a new Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) 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 amid outcry from human rights adv....... [more]

ICC announces arrests for falsifying evidence in Congo rebel leaders' war crimes trial
November 24, 2013
Four persons have been arrested on charges of falsifying evidence in connection with the trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced Sunday. On November 20, Judge Cuno Jakob Tarfusser issued an arrest warrant for Bemba's lead counsel Aime Kilolo Musamba; Jean-Jacque....... [more]

France appeals court approves extradition of Rwandan genocide suspects
November 13, 2013
A French appeals court in Paris approved the extradition of Claude Muhayimana and Innocent Musabyimana on Wednesday, two suspects wanted in connection with the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Muhayimana, a French citizen since 2010, is accused of participating in the massacre of ethnic Tutsis in the town of....... [more]

UN DRC mission head condemns attacks by armed rebel group
October 27, 2013
The top official for the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Martin Kobler, on Saturday condemned a series of attacks perpetrated by the Mayi-Mayi Cheka, which resulted in the deaths of 34 civilians, including 20 children, in the eastern region....... [more]

DRC authorities must capture escaped military officials: UN
September 29, 2013
The top UN official for the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) 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 Septe....... [more]

DRC rights abuses continue: UN report
September 26, 2013
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday welcomed the establishment of a national human rights commission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) but said that rights abuses continue in the east. Pillay's report attributed the recent violence in the east to state security fo....... [more]


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