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Congo opposition groups unite at meeting in South Africa (12.03.2018)

A top Congolese opposition leader and other figures opposed to longtime President Joseph Kabila met in South Africa on Monday to build a coalition ahead of long-delayed elections in the turbulent, resource-rich country. (D)elegates … said they would work together to elect Moise Katumbi, who fled...

UN warns of spike in displacement amid funding shortfall (09.03.2018)

Since the last quarter of 2017, violence carried out by armed groups in the DRC has caused a spike in the number of the displaced, to more than 4.5 million. Due to lack of funding and access, a majority have yet to be reached with aid.

DR Congo presidential election on track – Prime Minister (08.03.2018)

An election in the Democratic Republic of Congo to replace President Joseph Kabila remains on course for late December Prime Minister, Bruno Tshibala, said.

Flaring tensions could ‘plunge Kasai region into new violence,’ UN warns (06.03.2018)

The United Nations refugee agency warned Tuesday that ongoing instability in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) poses a grave risk to civilian safety, including for several hundred refugees recently returned there from Angola.

UN inquiry blames Congo's ADF rebels for deadly attack on peacekeepers (05.03.2018)

A Congo-based Ugandan rebel group is to blame for three attacks on United Nations peacekeepers, including one in December that killed 15 Tanzanian troops, the United Nations said on Friday.

Ethnic clashes in northeastern Congo kill more than 40 people (05.03.2018)

Ethnic clashes between Hema herders and Lendu farmers in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ituri province have killed more than 40 people, local officials said on Friday, in the second such incident in a month.

Inter-ethnic clashes in eastern Congo kill 22 people (26.02.2018)

Inter-ethnic clashes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have killed at least 22 people, including 15 civilians, over the past two days, a local official said on Monday.

Congo protests: anti-Kabila protestors killed (25.02.2018)

Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo have used live bullets to disperse demonstrations, killing at least two protesters. The protests against President Joseph Kabila in the capital Kinshasa were organised by Catholic clergy.

No one knows what’ll happen in DR Congo, but here are the possibilities (21.02.2018)

Will there actually be elections? Or a non-violent uprising? Or foreign intervention? Here are some scenarios the Congo could face.

UN warns of extraordinary humanitarian disaster in southeast Congo (20.02.2018)

UNHCR partner agencies had documented about 800 "protection incidents" including killings, abductions and rape, in the first two weeks of February. … Congo's Tanganyika province has seen a sharp escalation of violence since late last year, with new armed groups forming and an increase in attacks...

DRC violence risks 'spreading' as 22,000 flee in a week (14.02.2018)

The United Nations has expressed its deep concern about ongoing ethnic fighting in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, warning that the violence that has forced tens of thousands to seek shelter in neighbouring Uganda "may spread further".

Haley calls on DRC to respond to UN killings (12.02.2018)

[…] The U.S. Mission to the United Nations said on Monday: "To date no serious action has been taken by President Kabila or the DRC government to investigate and arrest those involved with the murders of Michael and Zaida."

UN expects Congo offensive against eastern rebels to displace 370,000 (08.02.2018)

A military offensive launched last month by Congolese troops against Ugandan militants in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is likely to force nearly 370,000 people from their homes, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Escalating violence in DRC’s Ituri Province puts UN on ‘high alert’ (07.02.2018)

The UN refugee agency says the recent outbreak of ethnic violence in Ituri province, in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, could presage a mass exodus of refugees and internal displacement.

At least 30 dead in ethnic violence in northeast Congo (06.02.2018)

At least 30 people have been killed in two days of ethnic clashes between Hema herders and Lendu farmers in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeastern Ituri province, local authorities said on Monday.

Praying for change in Congo: the Catholic Church takes on Kabila (01.02.2018)

The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo is now a powerful voice of opposition to President Joseph Kabila’s continued unconstitutional stay in power, but the Church’s spiritual authority is yet to translate into political muscle.

Congo electoral commission finishes registering 46 million voters (01.02.2018)

Congo’s electoral commission finished registering 46 million voters on Wednesday for a long-delayed election meant to replace President Joseph Kabila that is currently scheduled for the end of December.

Kabila will name successor candidate by July (01.02.2018)

A spokesman for the Democratic Republic of Congo says President Joseph Kabila intends to respect the constitution and relinquish power after elections scheduled for December.

UN chief condemns killing of 'blue helmet,' calls on armed groups to lay down weapons (27.01.2018)

Condemning the killing today of a peacekeeper with the United Nations stabilization mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who was ambushed in the vast country's restive east, Secretary-General António Guterres again called on armed groups there to lay down their weapons and seek to...

UN hits out at surge in extra-judicial 'executions' in DR Congo (25.01.2018)

The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday reported a surge in summary "executions" in the country, notably in the southern Kasai region. In 2017, "state agents" carried out 1,176 extra-judicial killings, "including at least 89 women and 213 children," the United Nations...

UN rights office urges probe into use of force against protestors, UN personnel (23.01.2018)

At least six people died and 68 were wounded during weekend demonstrations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) capital, Kinshasa, the United Nations human rights office reported Tuesday, urging the Government to investigate all incidents where security forces may have used excessive force...

UN: Congo armed groups uniting against President Kabila (17.01.2018)

Militias in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are uniting in opposition to President Joseph Kabila, a senior U.N. official there told a news conference in Geneva on Wednesday. … "We now have it seems a coalition of various militia groups — it's a myriad, a cluster of those illegal irregular...

Resolve differences peacefully, Security Council to DRC political actors (16.01.2018)

Voicing serious concern over the continued political impasse and violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations Security Council has called upon all political actors to exercise maximum restraint and to address their differences peacefully.

Congo launches offensive against Ugandan rebels in its east (14.01.2018)

Congolese troops began a military offensive in the eastern city of Beni on Saturday against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan rebel armed group blamed for an attack that killed 15 United Nations peacekeepers last month.

Time for Africa to take concrete action in the DRC (12.01.2018)

The fight between the Congolese government and the political opposition over who is right and wrong continues to drive the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) electoral crisis, now entering its third year. This has been an important aspect of the battle to win the support of international,...

UN announces special probe into attacks on peacekeepers in eastern DR Congo (06.01.2018)

The United Nations is launching a special investigation into attacks on peacekeepers in restive eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), one month after 15 'blue helmets' were killed and dozens wounded in the deadliest single assault on a UN mission in nearly a quarter century.

UN rights office warns DRC authorities against use of excessive force when policing protests (05.01.2018)

Amid ongoing political tension in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), violent actions by the security forces during recent protests in Kinshasa and other cities suggest “deliberate intention to suppress civil and political rights,” the United Nations human rights office reported on Friday.

UN chief calls for restraint amid reports security forces violently dispersed Kinshasa protests (01.01.2018)

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to exercise restraint amid reports of a violent crackdown by national security forces on demonstrations in the capital, Kinshasa, and a number of other cities.

Congo's overlooked Kasai crisis sounds alarm bells (20.12.2017)

With millions of people on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was named the most neglected crisis of 2017 in a Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of aid agencies.

UN base attack ramps up security fears for vulnerable civilians in eastern Congo (15.12.2017)

What international news there has been from the Democratic Republic of Congo recently has centred on the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe in the south-central Kasai region. But the killing of at least 14 Tanzanian UN peacekeepers last week turned the spotlight momentarily onto the country’s...

Rebels kill 15 peacekeepers in Congo in worst attack on UN in recent history (09.12.2017)

Suspected Ugandan rebels killed at least 15 Tanzanian U.N. peacekeepers and wounded 53 others in a raid on a base in Congo that U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called the worst attack on the organisation in recent history.

DRC displacement crisis 'worse than Middle East' (06.12.2017)

Conflict has forced 1.7 million people to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year, causing "a mega-crisis", aid agencies say. This means that for the second consecutive year, DR Congo is worst-affected by conflict displacement in the world, the agencies add.

Time for concerted action in DRC – ICG report (04.12.2017)

President Kabila’s delaying tactics are holding hostage DR Congo’s political transition, while internal strife and government repression are weakening the opposition. Western and African actors need to coordinate their approach to the deepening crisis, support the advancement of democratic...

HRW: DRC recruited M23 to crush anti-Kabila protests (04.12.2017)

At least 62 people were killed as security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) recruited former rebel fighters to quash protests against President Joseph Kabila last year, a rights group claims.

UN peacekeeper in DRC honoured for combatting sexual violence on the frontlines (15.11.2017)

United Nations peacekeeper Major Seitebatso Pearl Block was commended on Wednesday for developing a Mission-wide, short message service (SMS) campaign to combat gender-based abuse by connecting with women in remote parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

UN watchdog tells Congo to hold election, clean up human rights (09.11.2017)

The UN Human Rights Committee on Thursday gave Democratic Republic of Congo a year to report on actions it has taken to hold free and fair elections and clean up its rights record. The UN watchdog, whose 18 independent experts monitor countries’ compliance with a global human rights treaty, said...

DR Congo opposition rejects new presidential election date (08.11.2017)

[…] On Sunday, Congo’s CENI elections commission announced the election, which term limits currently bar Kabila from taking part in, will be held on December 23, 2018 with the winner to be sworn in on January 13, 2019.

Security Council underscores need to bring killers of UN experts to justice (07.11.2017)

Reiterating the need to bring to justice the killers of two United Nations expert in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Security Council urged the country’s authorities to continue to cooperate with investigations into the incident.

Displaced people disaster looming in DR Congo (01.11.2017)

More than half a million people fled ethnic violence in south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since last year, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said, warning the area is “on the brink of a deadly disaster”.

Rebellion fears grow in eastern Congo (31.10.2017)

While attention has focused on the raging conflict and humanitarian crisis in Kasai in the southern Democratic Republic of Congo, armed opposition groups in the east of the country have stepped up attacks and are threatening to wage all-out war.

Widespread militia activity, political unrest drive millions from their homes in DRC ¬ UN (24.10.2017)

Some 3.9 million people across several regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been displaced from their homes, and amid growing violence and unrest, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Tuesday that the number could rise even further.

No Congo election until mid-2019, vote commission says, angering opposition (11.10.2017)

An election to replace Congolese President Joseph Kabila cannot take place before April 2019, the electoral commission said, a delay that the opposition said would cause an impatient population to "take matters into its own hands." The schedule outlined by the electoral commission would torpedo an...

Security Council condemns attack on UN mission base in DR Congo (10.10.2017)

The United Nations Security Council has called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to investigate into, and bring to justice those behind Monday’s attack on a peacekeeping mission base in North Kivu that resulted in the deaths of two “blue helmets.”

Ugandan rebel group massacres 22 in Congo (08.10.2017)

Rebels from an Islamist militant group killed 22 people in an ambush in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo on Saturday night, the authorities said.

Congo warlord seeks to unite rebel factions in anti-Kabila alliance (02.10.2017)

[…] Yakutumba, who fought alongside the army against Rwandan troops in earlier wars, is spearheading an attempt to unify disparate eastern rebel factions into a force that can oust President Joseph Kabila, who refused to step down when his second and final term in office expired last year. This...

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