DRC – 30 September 2015

European and African countries launch plan to protect tropical rainforest in the Congo
Six African nations have agreed with donors including the UK on a plan to protect the tropical forests of the Congo basin, the second biggest in the world after the Amazon’s, to help ease poverty and combat climate change.
Norway, the first donor to announce a pledge for the project, said it would give up to 400 million crowns (£31 million) annually from 2016 to 2020, from funds it had previously earmarked for tropical forests.

Atrocity Victims Deserve Better Justice
The Democratic Republic of Congo government should urgently reform the country’s justice system to better prosecute atrocities, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
The 102-page report, “Justice on Trial: Lessons from the Minova Rape Case in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” shows how, despite massive international support and attention, the so-called Minova rape trial failed to deliver justice for either the victims or the accused.
Human Rights Watch