Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
..
. Africa News .




AFRICA NEWS
DRC president declares amnesty for former M23 rebels
by Staff Writers
Kinshasa (AFP) Feb 12, 2014


The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, announced an amnesty on Wednesday for former members of the defeated M23 rebel army.

The amnesty covers "acts of insurgency, acts of war and political offences" committed in the DR Congo up to December 20, 2013, when the bill was approved by the government.

Announced on state television on Wednesday, the presidential order was welcomed by the UN and Western countries as a way of moving on from the conflict, which ended with an ignominious defeat for the M23 rebels in early November.

More serious crimes are excluded from the amnesty, including genocide, crimes against humanity, terrorism, torture, sexual violence, child conscription and embezzlement and looting.

But that did not prevent heavy criticism from local human rights activists. The amnesty "trivialised serious crimes and human rights violations," said the National Network of NGOs on Human Rights in the DRC (Rhenadoc).

The announcement of the amnesty coincided with the arrival Wednesday of Mary Robinson, UN special envoy for the Great Lakes region.

She was in Kinshasa on the first stop of an eight-day tour of the region, aimed at pushing forward a peace agreement signed by 11 African countries in February 2013.

Under the agreement, they vowed not to support rebel movements in neighbouring countries.

The UN and Kinshasa have accused both Rwanda and Uganda of actively backing the M23 during the conflict that began in April 2012 following a mutiny by former rebels that had joined the Congolese army.

The amnesty law is seen as key to encouraging the return of former rebels who fled across the border in the wake of their defeat at the hands of the national army and a special UN intervention force.

Close to 1,300 former rebels, who once made up the strongest army in the mineral-rich but impoverished Kivu region, have been left in limbo in a camp in Uganda since the end of the fighting.

Former rebels will now have six months to approach the government and vow "in writing, on their honour, not to commit any acts that come under the present amnesty".

The law will not safeguard the former rebels from civil lawsuits brought by victims of the conflict.

In a joint statement by representatives of the UN, EU, US and African Union, the amnesty was welcomed as "a positive signal" and a "historic achievement".

.


Related Links
Africa News - Resources, Health, Food






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





AFRICA NEWS
US hails French role in stemming African conflicts
Washington (AFP) Feb 11, 2014
The United States Tuesday praised France's "key" role in helping to quell unrest and extremist violence in parts of Africa as French President Francois Hollande was welcomed on a state visit. "The French role has been key to achieving success in Mali, and the French role in trying to bring about security and peace in CAR is very, very important," the US top diplomat for Africa, Linda Thomas- ... read more


AFRICA NEWS
Danone says will double stake in Chinese milk firm Mengniu

New GM corn gets controversial EU go-ahead

Brazil soy, corn production overcome drought

Polish woman guilty of killing two million bees: court

AFRICA NEWS
Fiji leader invites climate-hit Kiribati residents to relocate

Meeting the eye-witnesses of ocean change

Israelis fume over EU parliament president 's water remark

Fish living near the equator will not thrive in the warmer oceans of the future

AFRICA NEWS
New maps reveal locations of species at risk as climate changes

Is global warming hiding underwater?

Climate change said likely factor in rains, floods soaking Britain

Trade winds spur hiatus in global warming: study

AFRICA NEWS
Chinese researchers propose energy strategy revamp

Amidst bitter cold and rising energy costs, new concerns about energy insecurity

Oil composition boost makes hemp a cooking contender

Spain to eliminate consumer electricity price auctions in April

AFRICA NEWS
Waste from age-old paper industry becomes new source of solid fuel

Ceresana expects the market for bioplastics to grow

Approach helps identify new biofuel sources that don't require farmland

PROINSO shows PV-DIESEL hybrid systems at Genset Meeting 2014

AFRICA NEWS
New Zealand takes delivery of General Dynamics mobile bridges

As battle rages around historic castle, Syria's heritage faces ruin

165,000 without power in storm-battered Ireland

Beckham gives cheer in Philippines typhoon zone

AFRICA NEWS
Tuna study reveals oil pollution causes heart problems

S. Korea fisheries minister sacked over oil spill

France to start pumping out Spanish ship broken in three

Cooperative SO2 and NOx aerosol formation in haze pollution

AFRICA NEWS
China trade surplus rebounds in January

US names 'notorious markets' for piracy, counterfeiting

Venezuela businesses up in arms over moves to limit profits

Australian tycoon's tirade against Chinese firm




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement