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02.07.15 Petition to ask the liberation of Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala (Amnesty International) (2/7/2015)


FREE FRED BAUMA AND YVES MAKWAMBALA. DON’T LET THE DEMOCRATIC ASPIRATIONS OF THE CONGOLESE YOUTH DIE.

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11.03.15 Youth activist Pascal Mugaruka: “Some of my family members have been kidnapped” (11/3/2015)

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09.03.15 Oxfam report on DR Congo: "Contuining abuse of civilians in eastern DRC" (9/3/2015)


Attached is the new Oxfam report on DRC, entitled "Secure Insecurity" and focusing on the continuing abuse of civilians in eastern DRC, despite the extension of territorial control by state police, military and officials .

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26.02.15 Didier Reynders and Alexander De Croo in the DR Congo (26/2/2015)


BRUSSELS – The Deputy Prime Ministers Didier Reynders and Alexander De Croo, respectively Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Development Cooperation, met with members of the government, the opposition and the civil society during their joint mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), from 21 to 25 February 2015, in Kinshasa and Goma (North Kivu).

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05 08 14 Guido Huysmans passed away (5/8/2014)

Leuven, August 4, 2014 AFF

We deeply regret to announce the death of Guido Huysmans, Artistic Director of the Afrika Film Festival (AFF)
(Uccle) 25 November 1958 - (Diest) 1 August 2014.

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17 07 14 ICGLR Special Summit on the “Fight against Youth Unemployment through Infrastructure Development and Investment Promotion” (17/7/2014)

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17 07 14 New Dawn in the Fight to End Sexual Violence and Child Recruitment and Use in Conflict (17/7/2014)

oint Statement of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence, Zainab Hawa Bangura, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui

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09 07 14 Executive Order -- Regarding the Democratic Republic of the Congo (9/7/2014)

EXECUTIVE ORDER

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TAKING ADDITIONAL STEPS TO ADDRESS THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO THE CONFLICT IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

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09 07 14 White House - Factsheet on the Democratic Republic of the Congo Executive Order (9/7/2014)

President Obama today issued a new Executive Order (E.O.) that amends E.O. 13413 of October 27, 2006, to take additional steps in light of the continued threat to the peace, security, and stability of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This new E.O. expands the sanctions criteria to allow for more U.S. flexibility in targeting persons contributing to the conflict in the DRC, as well as to conform more closely to the criteria established in relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions, including, most recently, Resolution 2136 of January 30, 2014.

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I03 07 14 Save the Congo - nternational Criminal Tribunal for DRC (3/7/2014)

Rt. Hon. William Hague, MP

Secretary of State for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Foreign & Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street
London
SW1A 2AH

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11 06 14 HRW - DR Congo: Summit Should Support Justice for Rape Victims (11/6/2014)

Countries Should Endorse Specialized Mixed Chambers

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04 06 14 Global itness - Glencore and the Gatekeeper (4/6/2014)

How the world’s largest commodities trader made a friend of Congo’s president $67 million richer

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04 06 14 HRW - Investigate Attacks on Oil Project Critics (4/6/2014)

Virunga Park Staff, Activists Need Protection

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30 05 14 As June 2nd conflict minerals deadline approaches, Global Witness warns that first reports lack substance (30/5/2014)

Initial company reports submitted under a landmark U.S. law that aims to stop the minerals trade fuelling violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are disappointing, warns Global Witness.

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02 05 14 US: Kerry’s Africa Trip Should Emphasize Rights (2/5/2014)

Promote Links Between Rule of Law and Security, Development

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25 04 14 PAMBAZUKA SPECIAL ISSUE: Africa in 50 years time – inventing a new Africa (25/4/2014)

What kind of Africa do women, youth, trade union activists, environmentalists, human rights, LBGTI and sex worker activists envision? What are the dreams of African writers, poets, scientists, engineers, agronomists, musicians for the continent in 50 years time? Pambazuka would like to hear from you.

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22 04 14 PRESS STATEMENT BY EMMANUEL DE MERODE, DIRECTOR OF VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK (22/4/2014)



On 15th April, I was fired upon by 3 gunmen on the road from Goma returning back to Rumangabo. I am now recovering with my family.

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14 04 14 AI - Please Support this campaign for President Obama to include CSOs in the forthcoming U.S-Africa Summit on 5-6 August 2014. (14/4/2014)

President Barack Obama announced in January 2014 that the United States would host the first ever United States African Leaders Summit, scheduled to take place from August 5–6. The summit will provide a platform for U.S. policy makers and high-level government officials to meet face-to-face with potentially forty-seven African heads of state. The summit will reportedly focus on U.S. trade and investment in Africa, and highlight America’s commitment to the overall security of the continent. The summit will also occur during a time when the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) is nearing renewal in September 2015, and is therefore a topic ripe for discussion and debate.

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10 04 14 - MSF Urges Military Personnel Conducting Operations in the Beni Region to Take Every Precaution to Protect Hostages' Lives (10/4/2014)

As military operations continue against armed groups in the Béni region, MSF urges that priority be given to protecting the lives of hostages, who may include four MSF staff abducted nine months ago.

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03 04 14 UN Resolution 2147 and Statement by the SG (3/4/2014)

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01 04 14 DR Congo: No More Delays for Justice (1/4/2014)


Enact Laws to Facilitate Trials for Grave International Crimes

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20.03.14 “War on Women”, 15-minute film about sexual violence in DR Congo (IRIN) (20/3/2014)


IRIN is proud to announce the launch of “War on Women”, a heart-rending, 15-minute film by award-winning filmmaker Dearbhla Glynn.

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12 03 14 TUC condemns arrest of trade union leader in Democratic Republic of Congo (12/3/2014)

The General Secretary has written to the Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo, condemning the arrest of Mr Victor Umba Ilunga, President of the national union delegation and demanding his unconditional release.

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11 03 14 - Sit-in & press conference in Brussels (11/3/2014)

On the occasion of the Symposium on Human Rights organised by
the EICC (Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition) with the participation of 89 firms operating in the electronics industry

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07 03 14 - Martin Kobler, MONUSCO Chief, welcomes ICC decision on Congolese warlord (7/3/2014)

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06 02 14 ICC: Opening Hearing in Congolese Warlord Case (6/2/2014)

Ntaganda Faces Charges of Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes

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05 02 14 International Rivers press release - World Bank Indefinitely Postpones Inga 3 Project (5/2/2014)

February 5, 2014

The World Bank has just made a surprise decision to indefinitely
postpone the board discussion of its support for the huge Inga 3 Dam in
the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Bank's board of directors was
scheduled to vote on a $73 million grant to prepare for the project on
February 11. Opposition from local and international NGOs has been
mounting, and civil society groups are now urging the Bank to
fundamentally reconsider the Inga 3 Project.

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Join us for the 2014 Breaking the Silence Speakers Tour 05 02 14 FOTC - (5/2/2014)

Friends of the Congo (FOTC) will launch its sixth annual Breaking the Silence Speakers Tour on February 5th in Salisbury, Maryland at Salisbury University.

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05 02 14 - 2014 Honorary crown of scientific research on poverty (5/2/2014)

On Patron St Feast each year KU Leuven honors persons of exceptional academic, social or cultural level On February 3, 2014 honorary doctorates are awarded to specialists who each have contributed to the research and tackling poverty . Their own way were the crowning

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16 12 13 AI - Death threats and intimidation silencing human rights defenders (16/12/2013)

“ The whole population is vulnerable to human rights abuses in North Kivu and those speaking out to protect these people are deliberately targeted from all sides”

Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director

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13 12 13 Joint ICGLR-SADC Communique on the kampala dialoque (13/12/2013)

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04 12 13 WFP - Even Harder Times Ahead For Displaced In DR Congo (4/12/2013)

The World Food Programme is currently experiencing a shortage of funds – and consequently of food stocks - for its operations in DRC. This has already forced WFP to cut food rations in camps for displaced people in the east of the country. So serious has the funding situation now become that food assistance to many is set to be stopped altogether in coming months.

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29 11 13 GREENPEACE - Germany seizes Congolese wood in strongest EU action yet against illegal timber trade (29/11/2013)

27 November 2013 – German authorities have seized two batches of illegal timber from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The seizure is the strongest case of enforcement of an EU law banning the trade in illegally sourced timber which took effect in March 2013. The government action was triggered by a tip-off from Greenpeace.

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26 11 13 DR Congo: senior UN envoy begins visit to bolster regional peace efforts (26/11/2013)

The senior United Nations official for the Great Lakes region of Africa has begun a week-long mission to help shore up peace efforts, visiting Tanzania, Rwanda, the Republic of Congo, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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26 11 13 On International Day, UN Urges Renewed Efforts to End Violence Against Women, Girls (26/11/2013)

Today is an opportunity for each person to recommit to ending the harm being committed against one out of three women, senior United Nations officials said marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

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18 11 13 The East African: Uganda, Rwanda reach out to DRC after deal flops (18/11/2013)

Over the past few days, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has been in contact with his Congolese counterpart, Joseph Kabila, in an attempt to encourage Kinshasa to sign the peace pact negotiated before the defeat of the M23 rebels.

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13 11 13 Oxfam - Communities still at risk: Any future military action in eastern DRC must minimize harm to civilians (13/11/2013)

“Alongside any military action, there must be a political process that addresses deep-seated issues including land, livelihoods, control of resources and representation of all communities.”

Tariq Riebl

Oxfam’s Humanitarian Coordinator in Goma

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12 11 13 EU Statement on the Kampala Dialogue (12/11/2013)

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11/11/13 UN News Center: UN and partners voice regret at delay in signing of DR Congo-M23 peace deal (11/11/2013)

United Nations envoys and their diplomatic counterparts today voiced regret that peace talks between the M23 rebel group and the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could not be concluded this evening, while also stressing that any solution to their conflict must ensure accountability for those who have committed grave crimes.

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06 11 13 HRW - Uganda/Rwanda: Forcible Return Raises Grave Concerns (6/11/2013)

Rwandan Government Should Ensure Returnee’s Safety, Fair Trial

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06 11 13 Joint Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the International Conference On the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) (6/11/2013)

5 NOVEMBER 2013

Pretoria — 1. Communique - Joint Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) was held in Pretoria, South Africa on 04 November, 2013:

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04 11 13 Joint Statement from the Great Lakes envoys on M23 (4/11/2013)

Mary Robinson, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region, Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Head of MONUSCO, Boubacar Diarra, AU Special Representative for the Great Lakes, Russell Feingold, U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes and the DRC, and Koen Vervaeke, EU Senior Coordinator to the Great Lakes Region, are concerned about the renewed outbreak of violence between the M23 and the Government of the DRC. They take note of the announcement of the M23 of cessation of hostilities as a first and necessary step to peace.

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28 10 13 US State Dept. on Fighting in Democratic Republic of the Congo (28/10/2013)


27 October 2013

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesperson
October 26, 2013
2013/1296

STATEMENT BY JEN PSAKI, SPOKESPERSON

Renewed Fighting in Eastern DRC

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27 10 13 Martin Kobler, head of MONUSCO condemns strongly M23 following the loss of one peacekeeper (27/10/2013)

One peacekeeper died today following fightings with M23 in Kiwanja

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24 10 13 EU parliamentary mission to the Great Lakes region (26 October-2 November 2013) (24/10/2013)

Towards an EU initiative on responsible sourcing of minerals originating from conflict and high-risk areas

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05 10 13 HRW - UN Security Council: Address Rights Abuses in DR Congo [HRW] (5/10/2013)

(New York, October 3, 2013) – United Nations Security Council members should use their visit to the Great Lakes region of Central Africa to help end human rights abuses and impunity for the worst crimes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Security Council members sent on October 2, 2013. Security Council members are to leave on October 3 for a 6-day trip to Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, and Ethiopia.

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03 10 13 EU Statement about Cooperation with DRC (3/10/2013)

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03 10 13 Joint statement of International NGOs on the arrest of Virunga Park Ranger, Rodrigue Katembo Mugaruka (3/10/2013)

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03 10 13 Statement by EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs on ECA report on EU support for governance in DRC (3/10/2013)

I welcome today’s report from the Court of Auditors on the EU support to governance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). I am glad to see that the Court acknowledges that the Commission's work is part of a sound cooperation strategy that addresses the main needs of the country.

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26 09 13 COMMUNIQUÉ OF SECOND MEETING OF REGIONAL OVERSIGHT MECHANISM OF PEACE, SECURITY AND COOPERATION FRAMEWORK FOR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO AND REGION (26/9/2013)

We, signatories to the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region, held our second meeting of the regional oversight mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region on 23 September in New York, on the margins of the sixty-eighth General Assembly of the United Nations. This high-level meeting was jointly convened by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The purpose of the meeting was to review developments in the region and progress in the implementation of the Framework, including benchmarks drafted by the Technical Support Committee.

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