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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Ex-warlord Found Ineligible to Run for Presidency

(Sept. 5, 2018) On August 24, 2018, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Independent National Electoral Commission (Commission Electorale Nationale Independente, CENI) declared Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo ineligible to run in the country’s upcoming presidential election. (Décision No. 028/CENI/BUR/18 du 24 août 2018 déclarant irrecevable les candidatures des indépendants, des partis, et des regroupements politiques à […]

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Party Names Ex-warlord for Presidential Election Following ICC Acquittal

(Aug. 29, 2018) On June 8, 2018, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Appeals Chamber acquitted Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, former vice president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), of the charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. (Press Release, ICC, ICC Appeals Chamber Acquits Mr. Bemba from [sic] Charges of War Crimes and […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the: President Adopts Laws on Elections, Traditional Leaders

(Sept. 8, 2015) The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila, issued two laws on August 25, 2015. One of the new statutes sets the status of traditional leaders, and the other adopts the pattern of distribution of seats of representatives for each local elective constituency. (DRC Head Enacts Laws Distributing […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the: Legislature Removes Census Requirement for Elections

(Jan. 29, 2015) On January 23, 2015, the Senate of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) passed an amendment to a recently adopted electoral law that would ease the process of staging elections for the presidency of the country. The House of Representatives concurred on January 25; the measure now goes to President Joseph […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the: Militia Leader Sentenced

(Nov. 10, 2014) On November 7, 2014, a military court in the Democratic Republic of the Congo gave a sentence of ten years of imprisonment to Jérôme Kakwavu, an army general who had been a rebel leader. The court found him guilty of two murders, the rapes of two women, and torture of two people, […]

Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the: Agreement Concluded on Movement and Settlement of Nationals

(June 9, 2014) On June 3, 2014, the Republic of the Congo (often called Congo-Brazzaville for its capital) and its neighbor, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (or DRC), signed an agreement on the movement and settlement of people and property between the two nations. The concord was made at the end of the meeting […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; International Criminal Court: Convicted War Criminal Sentenced

(May 30, 2014) On May 23, 2014, the International Criminal Court (ICC) sentenced Germain Katanga, a militia leader from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to 12 years of imprisonment. Katanga had been convicted in March 2014 of war crimes and crimes against humanity stemming from his role as the leader of the Patriotic […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the: Rape Convictions of Only Two of 39 Accused Controversial

(May 13, 2014) On May 5, 2014, a military court in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) found two soldiers guilty of rape and 24 others guilty of looting and other crimes. The two were among 39 soldiers accused of assaulting more than 130 women in South Kivu province in 2012; it was the […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; International Criminal Court: Militia Leader Convicted of War Crimes

(Mar. 20, 2014) On March 7, 2014, the International Criminal Court (ICC) convicted Germain Katanga, a former militia leader in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, of four counts of war crimes and one crime against humanity. He was acquitted of other charges, including using child soldiers, rape, and sexual slavery. The decision, delivered by […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the: Rights Groups Decry New Amnesty Law

(Feb. 14, 2014) On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once President Joseph Kabila signs it, something he is expected to do in the near future. The […]