AP - Rebel groups in eastern Congo are illegally imposing taxes on trucks and pedestrians and receiving local, regional and international support in violation of U.N. sanctions, U.N. experts said Thursday.
BANGUI, Central African Republic — Rebels overthrew Central African Republic’s president of a decade on Sunday, seizing the presidential palace and declaring that the desperately poor country has “opened a new page in its history.” The country’s president fled the capital, while extra French troops moved to secure the airport, officials said.
A UN expert pushed Monday for the prosecution of leaders of rebel groups for the mass rape of civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, saying urgent action was needed "before the trail goes cold."Margot Wallstrom, UN special representative on the prevention of sexual violence in conflict, singled out the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) and the Mai-Mai militia."The FDLR has time and again been responsible for grave human rights violations in the DRC. Accountability must begin with the commanders of these and other groups," she said.
Amid one of the the world’s most troubled regions, Simon Village maintains that it is business as usual for his company.
All the same, he will admit to being a little alarmed by recent events near his operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
“If you remember, the M23 were just sitting in the bushes north of Goma. And then, all of a sudden, they were in Goma. It caught people by surprise,” the chief executive of gold miner Banro Corp. said in a phone interview from the DRC.
A controversial UN-backed operation reported to have claimed hundreds of civilian lives has succeeded in disrupting Rwandan Hutu rebels in eastern Congo and will be wrapped up by year's end, a UN envoy said Wednesday.Alan Doss, the UN special envoy to Democratic Republic of Congo, told the Security Council that the objective of the Kimia II operation against rebels of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) "has been largely achieved although... there have been very serious humanitarian consequences."
Anti-government rebels are making quick progress in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, cementing control of a strategically important town Friday and advancing toward the next potential battleground.