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2010.11.01 La presse anglophone sur la RDC de ce lundi

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Child soldiers ‘no bar’ for US aid
In a decision critics say has undermined a powerful new law, the United States has decided to turn a blind eye to four countries that use child soldiers in their armed forces. In a brief and little-noticed announcement on Monday, the White House said President Barack Obama had decided to exempt Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sudan and Yemen from the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008, which prohibits funding for foreign governments’ militaries if they recruit or use child soldiers. [Lire la suite,]

US Army Trains Congo Soldiers
In the conflict-ravaged Democratic Republic of Congo, the country’s own military is one of the biggest causes of instability. The 100,000-strong army – a mix of government soldiers and former rebels – has been accused of robbing, enslaving and raping Congolese civilians. The U.S. military has begun deploying trainers to help reform the troubled force, one small step at a time. [Lire la suite,]

The pitfalls of supporting the Congolese army
Believe it or not, despite the headlines of UN failures, there have been some modest gains within the UN on the issue of protection of civilians. The UN Policy Committee, (which is presided by the Secretary-General and composed of UN Under-Secretaries-General and leaders of UN agencies) agreed last month that any form of UN support to non-UN security forces shall be conditional to respect for human rights international and international humanitarian law. That means anywhere in the world. [Lire la suite,]

Run for Congo Women Connecticut
5 miles run or walk, Connecticut for Congo Women by Women for Women International. [Lire la suite,]

Angola urged to investigate Congo expulsion rapes
Angola should investigate the alleged rapes of women deported to Democratic Republic of Congo, the US State Department has said. [Lire la suite,]

Mazembe thrash Esperance in African final
TP Mazembe thrashed Esperance 5-0 in an action-packed first-leg of the African Champions League final on Sunday, virtually guaranteeing that the holders retain their title. [Lire la suite,]

4 Nations With Child Soldiers Keep U.S. Aid
The Congo was exempted because United States-backed programs were helping its military become more professional and fight rights abuses. [Lire la suite,]

US Waives Child Soldier Penalties in 4 Nations
In a move criticized by human rights organizations, the Obama administration has decided to exempt Yemen and three other countries that use child soldiers from U.S. penalties under the 2008 Child Soldiers Prevention Act. [Lire la suite,,8599,2028211,00.html]

Court urges arrest of war crimes suspects
The president of the International Criminal Court urged the international community on Thursday to intensify efforts to arrest eight people sought for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide – including Sudan’s president and four commanders of the Lord’s Resistance Army. [Lire la suite,]

U.S. abandons principle on child soldiers
This week, the Obama administration had a choice: Stand with children exploited as soldiers or with the militaries guilty of exploiting them [« Obama grants waiver that allows U.S. aid to continue to four countries using child soldiers, » news story, Oct. 28]. It opted for the latter. [Lire la suite,]

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