Guinea: Congo illegally expelled businessman

THE HAGUE Netherlands - (APINTL) Guinea accused Congo at the International Court of Justice on Monday of illegally imprisoning and expelling a wealthy Guinean businessman in a dispute over exploiting Congo's vast mineral wealth. The case hinges on mutual allegations of corruption between the government...

Congo wins support for $12.3 billion debt relief

JOHANNESBURG - (AP) The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have set the stage to relieve Congo of a massive $12.3 billion in debt, most of it dating back more than 20 years to loans made to the corrupt regime of dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. The decision comes despite opposition from Canada...

Congo president calls for arrest of wanted warlord

KINSHASA Congo (AP) - In a marked turnaround, Congo's president called Wednesday for the arrest of a notorious ex-warlord who has been serving in the country's army despite an international indictment on war crimes charges. Bosco Ntaganda is accused of using child soldiers for fighting in...

Group: Rwandan military aiding Congo fugitive

DAKAR Senegal (AP) - Rwanda's military is providing weapons and refuge to an ex-warlord indicted for war crimes and whose fighters have launched a new rebellion in neighboring eastern Congo, an international human rights group said Monday. The International Criminal Court has sought the arrest...

ICC Minor Victory Against Use of Child Soldiers

Imagine that Union of Congolese Patriots (UCP) warlord Thomas Lubanga visited your family's home one day. Chances are that if you had a young daughter, she would be taken by force and used by Lubanga's rebel group as a sex slave. If you had a young son, he would be conscripted to fight as...

UN-backed soldiers battle rebels in east Congo

KINSHASA Congo (AP) - Soldiers backed by U.N. helicopter gunships battled rebels around a strategic army garrison near a mountain gorilla reserve in eastern Congo, as thousands of people continued to flee a 3-month-old rebellion allegedly backed by Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

Congo War Crimes, Rwandan Complicity, and the Rule of Law

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, M23 rebels are committing war crimes and other human rights abuses. Both adults and minors are conscripted to serve in the rebel militia. If they attempt to flee, they are killed. Pregnant women and even preteen girls are raped. Civilians are massacred. The...

UN council plans sanctions on Congo rebels

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council announced Friday that it intends to impose sanctions on the leaders of the M23 rebel movement in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where violence has flared again. Guatemala U.N. Ambassador Gert Rosenthal, the current Security Council president...

Lawsuit Filing Seeks To Overturn SEC Rules Over 'Conflict Minerals'

The National Association of Manufacturers and the US Chamber of Commerce have filed a lawsuit with the goal of reversing the SEC rules implemented in August, under the Dodd-Frank Act of 2011, requiring disclosure of "conflict minerals." The rules go into effect in 2014. Dodd-Frank enacted...

UN Security Council puts sanctions on Congo rebels

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to sanction the leaders of Congo's M23 rebel force, which hours earlier occupied the eastern Congolese city of Goma as U.N. peacekeepers stood by without resisting. But it did not name two Full version (available to lexis...

UN says Congo's army committed rapes in east

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Preliminary investigations by the U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo indicate that Congolese army soldiers committed rapes, looting and other human rights violations after they retreated from the key city of Goma following its capture by M23 rebels, the United Nations said Friday...

Norton Rose Fulbright: D.C. Circuit Vacates Part Of Conflict Minerals Rule

By Marsha Z. Gerber , Cristina K. Lunders and Christian Menefee On April 14, 2014, a divided panel of the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found unconstitutional one part of the disclosure requirements in the Securities and Exchange Commission's (the "SEC" or the "Commission"...