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May 23, 2013  Congo (Kinshasa): U.S.-Trained Battalion Implicated in Rapes
    "A Congolese army battalion that received its formative training from the U.S. military went on to commit mass rapes and other atrocities last year, a U.N. investigation has found. Members of the 391st Commando Battalion, a unit created in 2010 with extensive support from the U.S. government, joined with other Congolese soldiers to rape 97 women and 33 girls as they fled a rebel advance in eastern Congo in November, according to the United Nations. U.S. Special Operations forces had spent eight months training the 750-member battalion in a bid to professionalize Congo's ragtag military, which has a long history of rights abuses, including raping and killing civilians." - Washington Post, May 13, 2013

Nov 28, 2012  Congo (Kinshasa): War in the East, 2
    after all these years the FARDC [Congolese national army] has remained much more a part of the problem then a part of the solution. Programs and policies meant to reinforce democracy and security were designed and implemented by people in offices far away from the complex realities on the ground, by people with very limited understanding of them." - Kris Berwouts

Nov 28, 2012  Congo (Kinshasa): War in the East, 1
    In a statement issued earlier this week, a coalition of Congolese organizations has called for sanctions against Rwanda, Uganda, and any other individuals or entities that threaten the territorial integrity of the DRC. They also called on the UN to urgently appoint - in consultation with the African Union - a special representative for the Great Lakes.

Apr 25, 2012  Congo (Kinshasa): Call for Real Security Reform
Mar 29, 2012  Congo (Kinshasa): Democracy Still Deferred
Dec 21, 2011  Congo (Kinshasa): Dubious Mandate, Uncertain Future
Nov 29, 2011  Congo (Kinshasa): Election Background Analysis
Aug   2, 2010  USA/Africa: New Evidence on Lumumba Death
Aug   2, 2010  Congo (Kinshasa): UN Peacekeeping in Question
Aug   2, 2010  USA/Congo (Kinshasa): Conflict Minerals Law
Dec 22, 2009  Congo (Kinshasa): Militarization of Mining Well-Entrenched
Dec 22, 2009  Congo (Kinshasa): Conflict Fueled from Many Sources
Jan 28, 2009  Congo (Kinshasa): Risky Steps towards Peace
Oct 11, 2008  Congo (Kinshasa): War Goes On, Little Pressure for Peace
May   2, 2008  Congo (Kinshasa): Still No Peace in the East
Dec 13, 2007  Congo (Kinshasa): Conflict Background Analyses
Dec 13, 2007  Congo (Kinshasa): Conflict, Displacement Escalate
Sep 14, 2007  Congo (Kinshasa): Averting the Nightmare Scenario
Oct 31, 2006  Congo (Kinshasa): From Votes to Security?
Jul 30, 2006  Congo (Kinshasa): A New Beginning?
May   4, 2006  Congo (Kinshasa): Elections and More
Dec   4, 2005  Congo (Kinshasa): Peace or Stalemate
Jun   3, 2005  Congo (Kinshasa): Gold and Violence
Apr   4, 2005  Congo (Kinshasa): Peacekeeping Steps
Dec 19, 2004  Congo (Kinshasa): Back to the Brink
Mar 16, 2004  Congo (Kinshasa): Forests under Threat
Jan 11, 2004  Congo (Kinshasa): Peace & Transition

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Africa Policy E-Journal (1995-2003)

2003-10-17 Congo-Kinshasa: Peace Process Implementation
2003-05-26 Congo-Kinshasa: Urgent Peacekeeping Needs
2002-10-20 Congo-Kinshasa: Civil Society Statements
2002-08-01 Congo-Kinshasa: Peace Update
2002-05-19 Congo-Kinshasa: Peace Process Commentary
2001-12-17 Congo-Kinshasa: Disarmament
2001-10-24 Congo-Kinshasa: Peace Process Update
2001-05-24 Congo-Kinshasa: Human Rights Watch Testimony
2001-04-25 Congo-Kinshasa: Peace Update
2001-01-09 Congo-Kinshasa: Crisisweb Update
2000-01-26 Congo-Kinshasa: Security Council Debate
2000-01-26 Congo-Kinshasa: Arms Past and Present
1999-11-10 Congo-Kinshasa: Recent Documents
1999-08-26 Congo-Kinshasa: Peace Agreement
1999-06-24 Congo-Kinshasa: Peace Talks Update
1999-04-23 Congo-Kinshasa: Human Rights Rapporteur
1999-02-08 Congo-Kinshasa: Civil Society Statement
1998-10-05 Congo-Kinshasa: Regional Church Statement
1998-09-03 Congo-Kinshasa: Who's Who from IRIN
1998-09-03 Congo-Kinshasa: Statements on Crisis
1998-06-07 Congo-Kinshasa: Human Rights (ASADHO)
1998-04-14 Congo-Kinshasa: Recent Documents
1998-02-19 Congo-Kinshasa: Tshisekedi Arrest
1997-09-15 Congo-Kinshasa: Recent Documents, 2
1997-09-15 Congo-Kinshasa: Recent Documents, 1
1997-07-05 Congo-Kinshasa: Civil Society Statement
1997-06-23 Congo-Kinshasa: USCR Report, 1
1997-06-23 Congo-Kinshasa: USCR Report, 2

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