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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 […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the: Provincial Assembly Revises Law on “Jungle Justice”

(Nov. 26, 2013) On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of “jungle justice.” The amended law was then sent to the Governor to be promulgated. (Provincial Assembly Votes Against Jungle […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the: New Tax Measures Adopted

(Jan. 31, 2013) The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has adopted an array of changes to its tax regime through ordinances issued by the President. While for the most part the changes became effective on January 1, 2013, some of the changes came into force as of October 18, 2012. One of the amendments […]