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2010.11.23 La presse anglophone sur la RDC de ce mardi

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BBC NEWS
Profile: Jean-Pierre Bemba
Jean-Pierre Bemba was fortunate enough to have an extremely privileged childhood in one of the world’s poorest countries but this has not saved him from ending up on trial for war crimes at the International Criminal Court. [Lire la suite, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-11809250]

Jean-Pierre Bemba denies ICC war crimes charges
The prosecution allege he did nothing to stop his forces using murder and rape as a weapon of war. He denies the charges. [Suivre le reportage, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-11814196]

FRANCE24
Belgium anti-racism group urges ‘Tintin in the Congo’ ban
A black rights group urged a Belgian court Monday to pull the popular comic book « Tintin in the Congo » from library bookshelves, saying it depicts racist and offensive cliches about Africans. [Lire la suite, http://www.france24.com/en/20101122-belgium-anti-racism-group-urges-tintin-congo-ban]

DRC: Trial in The Hague: will the guilty pay?
Is this the end of impunity in the Democratic Republic of Congo? The trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba, a former Congolese vice-president, opens before the ICC today. He is accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Central African Republic in 2002-2003. The charges allege that his militia, the Movement for the Liberation of Congo, used rape as a weapon to terrorise civilian populations. [Suivre le reportage, http://www.france24.com/en/20101122-congo-jean-pierre-bemba-trial-crime-international-criminal-court]

WALL STREET JOURNAL
Congo’s Bemba Pleads Not Guilty to War Crimes
The trial of Mr. Bemba, 48, is only the third to get under way at the International Criminal Court since it began work in 2002. Mr. Bemba, who had been seen as a potential presidential candidate in Congo’s next election, is the most senior political figure in the court’s custody. « The International Criminal Court’s decision will influence… [Lire la suite, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704243904575630532255908758.html]

GUARDIAN
Former Congo vice-president Bemba used ‘rape as his method’ of war
Biggest trial before ICC may define commander’s legal responsibility to control troops anywhere in world. [Lire la suite, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/22/congo-vice-president-trial-war-crimes]

ALJAZEERA
Jean-Pierre Bemba pleads not guilty
Bemba is charged with three counts of war crimes and two counts of crimes against humanity for the alleged atrocities by about 1,500 fighters of his Congolese Liberation Movement (MLC) between October 2002 and March 2003. [Lire la suite, http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2010/11/201011226745545994.html]

CONGO SIASA
Row over debt cancellation
Several days ago, the Paris Club of lenders announced that it would cancel all of the debts the Congolese government owed them – $7,35 billion. This follows the cancellation of $12 billion in debts by the IMF in July. Altogether, these cancellations have freed up around $520 million in the Congolese annual budget that had been used for debt servicing, almost ten per cent of the current budget. [Lire la suite, http://congosiasa.blogspot.com/2010/11/row-over-debt-cancellation.html]

NEW YORK TIMES
War Crimes Trial Begins for Congolese Politician
The war crimes trial of the Congolese politician Jean-Pierre Bemba opened Monday at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, with prosecutors building the case that a militia under his command conducted a devastating campaign of rape, murder and torture in the Central African Republic in 2002 and 2003. [Lire la suite, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/23/world/africa/23hague.html?_r=1&ref=africa]

WASHINGTON POST
Congo’s Bemba pleads not guilty to murder, rape
Congo’s former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he gave his private army free rein to rape and murder men, women and children in neighboring Central African Republic. [Lire la suite, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/22/AR2010112201641.html]

THE KING EFFECT (Blog by AMY ERNST)
Back to Butembo!
Again, I can’t help but smile.  I know the routine and follow them all inside.  We enter a big dining room and I see a six foot tall portrait of Bishop Melchisidek Sikuli on the wall.  In the living room the couches are real couches, not the normal wooden chairs that are in all other homes including parishes and monasteries.  Something dawns on me. [Lire la suite, http://thekingeffect.blogspot.com/2010/11/back-to-butembo.html]

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