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Following in a very timely fashion, Human Rights Watch put out a call for Bosco Ntaganda’s arrest today, just a day after another ICC-indictee, Callixte Mbarushimana, was nabbed in Paris. I recommend reading HRW’s press statement – it includes a lot of information on tensions within the CNDP. They report

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For those who didn’t know it: The election season is definitely upon us, even though we are still 13 months away from the polls. After the PPRD’s summit in Kisangani in August, it was the presidential AMP coalition’s turn to meet at the president’s ranch in Kingakati this weekend. The

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We have all been so busy lamenting the atrocities committed by the FDLR that we have missed some of the good news. Yes, not only that the Vice President Callixte Mbarushimana was arrested in Paris yesterday on an ICC warrant. But also that the rebels suffered their largest military defection

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The FDLR met a few weeks ago in the forests of the eastern Congo to decide on a new leadership. No great surprises here: Gen. Gaston Iyamuremye (aka Gaston Rumuli), who had been serving as interim president since the arrest of Ignace Murwanashyaka in Germany in 2009, was confirmed at

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I’m just getting up to speed with a recent Burundi-Congo unofficial security meeting that took place about three weeks ago. On September 10th, seven Burundian soldiers were handed over to the Burundian authorities by a Congolese delegation that included the governor of South Kivu, Marcellin Cisambo, and Amani Leo deputy

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Just a mention: There are now some news reports that the export ban of minerals will be lifted by October 15; Eleven African countries have now adopted the certification system of minerals proposed by the International Conference for the Great Lakes – they are supposed to implement the system within

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The UN mapping report is out! (available here) Not a whole lot has changed. After a legal review, the allegations of genocide have been couched in more cautious terms, and various arguments are considered for why it may not have been genocide after all. This version also includes comments from

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The UN mapping report is due to be released tomorrow. It has claimed a lot of space in the news, with Rwanda and Uganda denouncing it firmly – Uganda has belatedly suggested that it might have to withdraw peacekeeping troops from Somalia, mimicking Rwanda’s move from a month ago (one

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There have been more and more reports of Rwandan troops in the Kivus this past week. Internally, MONUSCO military intelligence has reported unconfirmed allegations of two RDF battalions in Walikale to help out with the Congolese army’s operations there. The head of the UN mission, Roger Meece, however, says these

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Many Congolese believe that Vital Kamerhe will be Kabila’s main opponent for the 2011 elections. But does he have the guts for it? Kabila’s detractors in Kinshasa are frustrated that he still hasn’t officially declared his candidacy – even though the polls are still over a year away. Some were

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