DRC – 11 July 2014

Congo-Kinshasa: Congo Improves Natural-Resources Accounting

The Democratic Republic Congo, faulted last year for murky reporting on its earnings from natural resources, has improved its accounting enough to be awarded full membership in an international organization touting transparency.
On Wednesday, Congo – with a wealth of natural resources, including plentiful water, plus gold, copper and minerals used to manufacture cellphones – was recognized as a full member in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. The coalition of 45 governments plus companies and civil-society groups exposes tax evasion and lost revenues involving natural resources.
Jonas Moberg, head of the initiative’s secretariat, praised Congo’s “extraordinary level of engagement” in the EITI process. Though the Congo’s natural-resources management could be improved, he said, the process ensures well-informed debate.
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Angola: Over 20 Illegal Citizens From DRC Repatriated in Uige

At least twenty-five citizens from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in illegal status in the country, were repatriated today (Monday) in Maquela do Zombo by immigration authorities, through the border post of Kimbata.
ANGOP learned from the acting Head of the SME (Migration and Foreigners Service) of Maquela do Zombo, José Júnior, they are about 17 men and eight women held between 1st and 6th July in different districts of that county, in transit to the city of Uige and later advancing to Luanda.
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Congo-Kinshasa: Netherlands Expels Three Congolese ICC Witnesses Seeking Asylum

The Dutch authorities have expelled three Congolese citizens who sought asylum in the Netherlands after testifying before the International Criminal Court, Hirondelle learned Monday.
The three ICC witnesses said they feared for their security if they were returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), whose president Joseph Kabila they accused in their testimonies.
Floribert Ndjabu, Pierre Célestin Mbodina and Manda Charif were sent back to their country on Sunday, according to an AFP report which quoted their lawyer Goran Sluiter.
Their expulsion marks the end of a three-year judicial headache for the ICC and its host country the Netherlands.
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