1. The operations against the FDLR have failed to dismantle the organization’s political and military structures on the ground in eastern DRC. The increasing rate of FDLR combatant defections and the FDLR temporary removal from many of its bases are only a partial success considering that the armed group has regrouped in a number of locations in the Kivus, and continues to recruit new fighters.
2. The report goes a long way in showing how rebel groups in the eastern Congo take advantage of the lack of transparency and accountability in the minerals trade to make millions of dollars from gold, tin, timber and coltan. They carry out this racketeering in complicity with regional governments, as well as local and international businessmen. Some of the figures they cite are:
- General Adolphe Nshimirimana, the head of intelligence in Burundi
- Mutoka Ruganyira, one of the most important gold dealers in Burundi
- Muyeye Byaboshi, one of the biggest mineral dealers in Bukavu
- Rajendra Vaya and J.V. Lodhia, who headed two Ugandan gold trading companies called UCI and Machanga
- Colonel Baudouin Nakabaka, the deputy head of the South Kivu military region
- Two Spanish charities - the Fundació S'Olivar and Inshuti which are funded by the government of the Islas Baleares Province and linked to the Roman Catholic church (not for minerals trade but for financial support to the FDLR)