Child soldiers practice with machine guns in a militia camp near Bunia in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Human Rights Watch has worked strenuously to bring to the world’s attention grave crimes committed by Lubanga’s armed group, the Congolese Patriotic Union, as well as other rebel militias during the conflict in Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Key Documents:

Democratic Republic of Congo Chronology

https://www.hrw.org/news/2009/08/20/dr-congo-chronology-key-events

Covered in Blood: Ethnically Targeted Violence in Northern DRC

https://www.hrw.org/reports/2003/07/07/covered-blood-0

Congo: War Is International, Not Local

https://www.hrw.org/news/2003/07/08/congo-war-international-not-local

The Curse of Gold
https://www.hrw.org/reports/2005/06/01/curse-gold-0

Congo: Bringing Justice to the Heart of Darkness

https://www.hrw.org/news/2006/02/06/congo-bringing-justice-heart-darkness