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Bemba's Acquittal Raises Concerns on Reparations to Victims in the Central African Republic

[Bemba Trial Website] The acquittal of Jean-Pierre Bemba has created uncertainty over reparations to several victims of crimes committed by his troops a decade and a half ago. The International Criminal Court's (ICC) rules provide that no reparations order can be issued when there is no conviction. (AllAfrica)

Returning Congolese Find Homes in Ruins, Livelihoods Destroyed

[UNHCR] TCHOMIA, the Democratic Republic of the Congo -Fishing boats line the shore of Lake Albert in the north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Children play in the shallow water, while adults throng the busy market. (AllAfrica)

'Barbaric Violence Reported in DRC Ituri Region - UNHCR

[UNHCR] After months of conflict between the Hema and Lendu ethnic groups in eastern DR Congo's Ituri region, a UNHCR team has recently been able to obtain access to the area where they met some of the 150,000 people formerly displaced people who are now returning in hope of finding their homes. (AllAfrica)

Below the Surface, a Game Changer in Congolese Politics

[Atlantic Council] "Shikata," or "remain seated" in Swahili, claim the posters on Congolese President Joseph Kabila's effigy in the streets of Lubumbashi. But while everyone's attention is focused on the regime's contortions to stay in power, despite constitutional impediments to doing so and deep domestic discontent, the 2015 break-up of Congo's existing provinces has upended politics below the surface with far-reaching consequences for the current regime and potentially destabilizing effects for whomever inherits the state (AllAfrica)

Lake Edward - the Source of Uganda, DRC Row

[Deutsche Welle] Named after a British prince, and classified as an important international wetland, Lake Edward is the smallest in Africa's Great Lakes region. Why are Uganda and DR Congo at odds over it? (AllAfrica)

Thousands Threatened By National Park Oil Plans - Activists

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -The parks are among the world's largest tropical rainforest reserves, covering an area about the size of Switzerland (AllAfrica)

Rights Abusers Rewarded With Army Promotions

[HRW] The Democratic Republic of Congo's president and commander in chief, Joseph Kabila, has promoted two generals long linked to serious human rights abuses. The new appointments, announced on the weekend, heighten concerns of more repression and abuse in the weeks ahead, as Kabila ponders his plans ahead of elections scheduled for December 23. (AllAfrica)

Brutal Killings Emerge From Congolese Ethnic Conflict

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -ARMED groups are accused of barbaric violence, including attacks with guns, arrows and machetes on civilians, during ethnic clashes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). (AllAfrica)

In DR Congo, Speak Out and Get Arrested

[HRW] Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo arrested seven activists on Wednesday in the eastern city of Goma after a sit-in in front of MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo. The activists read out a memorandum demanding the release of their fellow activists in the capital, Kinshasa, sang protest songs, and displayed banners with messages such as "Release Our Friends" and "Activism is Not a Crime." (AllAfrica)

Kabila Snubs Senior Diplomats

[HRW] The Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila abruptly cancelled a meeting planned for this week with the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the African Union Chair Moussa Faki. Kabila sent a message this weekend that he was "no longer available" for the meeting - just before the top diplomats were due to travel to Congo's capital, Kinshasa. (AllAfrica)

'Whoever They Met, They Would Cut and Kill' - Displaced Congolese Recount Rebel Atrocities

[IRIN] Two years of tit-for-tat attacks in Rutshuru have left villages burnt, civilians killed, and communities divided along ethnic lines (AllAfrica)

DRC Prioritises Oil Over Conservation

[ISS] The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has decided to degazette parts of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites to allow for oil drilling. Environmentalists have reacted sharply to the decision to open up Virunga and Salonga national parks - a move that is likely to jeopardise a regional treaty on the protection of Africa's most biodiverse wildlife habitat and the endangered mountain gorilla. (AllAfrica)

Villages 'Reduced to Ash' Amid 'Barbaric Violence'

[UN News] Humanitarian needs are enormous in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has reported accounts of "barbaric violence". (AllAfrica)

Why Congo's Decision to Open National Parks to Drilling Isn't Really About Oil

[African Arguments] The DRC says it will allow oil drilling in two UNESCO world heritage sites. Here are three points to help us understand this move. (AllAfrica)

Oman Oil Targets Tanzania, Uganda and DRC With Kenyan Launch of Lubricants

[The Exchange] Oman Oil Marketing and Hass Petroleum Group have signed an agreement to start selling Oman Oil lubricants in Kenya. (AllAfrica)

Defence Force Deploys More Soldiers Along Uganda-DRC Border

[Monitor] Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) have increased their presence along its border with DR Congo (DRC) following an incident in which a Ugandan soldier was killed. (AllAfrica)

Mothers of Congo's Lost Children Break Silence

[Africa Renewal] Augustine hasn't seen her six-year-old daughter in over a year. She has steeled herself for the worst. "There is no hope," she says. "I will never see my daughter again." (AllAfrica)

Govt Casts Doubt On UN Findings of Atrocities By Security Forces

[Deutsche Welle] The UN accused DR Congo security forces of committing horrific acts of violence against civilians in the war-torn Kasai region. The country's human rights minister questioned the findings in an interview with DW. (AllAfrica)

Dozens Dead in DRC Measles Outbreak

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -AT LEAST 30 people have died from an outbreak of measles in the conflict-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). (AllAfrica)

Pharmaceutical and Building Industries in DRC - Most Profitable Sectors for Tunisian Products

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -Health sectors, notably pharmaceutical and building (building material and electrical components) are the most profitable sectors in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the Tunisian products, according to a market study presented Thursday as part of the Road Show on business opportunities in the DRC. (AllAfrica)

DRC Faces Upsurge of Violence Unless a Deal Is Done With Kabila

[The Conversation Africa] Amid a fresh wave of civil unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the international community must question its confidence in President Joseph Kabila to achieve stability in a turbulent region. He has been at the helm since he took over as president in 2001 after his father, Laurent, was assassinated. The young Kabila ruled for a transitional period until 2006, before winning two elections. (AllAfrica)

All Sides Guilty of War Crimes in Kasai - UN

[VOA] A U.N. investigation finds all armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Kasai province are guilty of mass atrocities, yet very few perpetrators are brought to justice. (AllAfrica)

Repression Persists As Election Deadline Nears

[HRW] (Kinshasa) - Government repression in the Democratic Republic of Congo six months before scheduled elections has heightened concerns of widespread political violence. On June 23, 2018, the Catholic Church's Lay Coordination Committee (CLC) said in a letter to the African Union that it was preparing new protests and described a "total crisis of confidence" in the electoral process and the risks of "a certain and generalized chaos." (AllAfrica)

UN Rights Body Should Renew and Expand Investigation Into DR Congo's Kasai Region

[HRW] We have just heard horrifying accounts of atrocities committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Kasai region, which the Human Rights Council's teamof experts concluded could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity by both Congolese security forces and various militias. Since August 2016, an estimated 5,000 people, and possibly many more, have been killed in the Kasais, and more than 1.4 million people displaced. Only a few low-level criminal suspects have been prosecuted, and no one has been (AllAfrica)

Expanding the Human Rights Council-Mandated Investigation Into Abuses in the Kasai Region

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President João Lourenço Congratulates DR Congo

[ANGOP] Luanda -Angolan President, João Lourenço, congratulated his counterpart of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila, the people and government of this country, on the occasion of the 58th anniversary of its national independence, marked on June 30, ANGOP learned on Monday. (AllAfrica)

MSF Ends Ebola Activities in DR Congo

[MSF] After a two-month emergency intervention in Equator Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams have begun handing over Ebola response activities to the Congolese Ministry of Health and other non-governmental organisations in Mbandaka, Bikoro, Itipo and Iboko (AllAfrica)

Credibility Is the Name of the Game in DR Congo Elections

[ISS] Key dates are coming hard and fast in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as the country heads for general elections on 23 December. On 23 June, the DRC's Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) opened registration for provincial candidates wanting to contest the polls. Registration for presidential candidates starts on 25 July. (AllAfrica)

57 Years Later Belgium Names Square After Patrice Lumumba

[This is Africa] Belgium renamed the former Square du Bastion to Patrice Lumumba Square but did not discuss reparations or repatriation of the wealth stolen from Congo. The insensitive and insincere apologies by former colonial powers still are indeed an insult to those colonized? (AllAfrica)

Bemba and His Former Lawyers Ask ICC Judges Not to Send Them Back to Jail

[Bemba Trial Website] Congo's former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and his two former lawyers, with whom he was convicted for witnesses tampering at the International Criminal Court (ICC), have asked judges not to send them back to jail. The trio want judges to maintain the earlier sentences handed to them back in March 2017, before the court's Appeals Chamber directed that new sentences be issued. (AllAfrica)

DR Congo Will Open Virunga, Salonga Parks to Oil Companies

[Deutsche Welle] Kinshasa has defended its right to declassify sections of the parks over the protests of environmental activists. The two UNESCO World Heritage sites are home to countless rare plants and animals. (AllAfrica)