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DR Congo: The Bemba Earthquake – ICG briefing (15.06.2018)

[…] Bemba’s arrest on an ICC warrant in 2008 removed one of President Joseph Kabila’s fiercest rivals, and his dramatic acquittal could reshape the political landscape of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as the country prepares for elections slated for December 2018.

Will Kabila stand again? (30.05.2018)

There is a new video doing the rounds on social media and television stations in the DRC. It’s a two-minute homage to President Joseph Kabila, crediting him with everything from reunifying the country after the 1998-2003 war to reviving agriculture and guaranteeing effective democracy in the DRC....

Congo Ebola outbreak offers first test for emergency fund to prevent pandemics (28.05.2018)

The Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility, or PEF, was set up after the 2013-2016 West Africa Ebola epidemic, which was only brought under control at a cost of more than 11,000 lives and about $3 billion, and after late and insufficient response efforts failed to stem the disease.

UN experts say Congo obstructs probe of U.N. monitors' killings - note (03.05.2018)

Congolese security officials are interfering with the investigation into the killings of two U.N. sanctions monitors last year in central Democratic Republic of Congo, U.N. experts deployed to assist the investigation said. The charge came in a confidential note by the United Nations' Department of...

Five likely mass graves found in Congo borderlands: UN (26.04.2018)

United Nations investigators have discovered five probable mass grave sites in eastern Congo's Ituri province where an outbreak of ethnic violence has killed at least 263 people, a UN peacekeeping mission said.

SADC to meet about DRC stability (23.04.2018)

When the Southern Africa Development Conference meets Tuesday to discuss the Democratic Republic of Congo’s efforts to hold elections and stabilize the country, the DRC’s leader might not attend. … SADC last week opened an office in Kinshasa to support the country as it prepares for the election...

Congo government setting up fund to manage all aid donations (17.04.2018)

Democratic Republic of Congo plans to set up a special fund to manage all aid donations under a new draft law, its cabinet said on Tuesday, a week after it failed to show up at an international donors conference.

Feature: Peacekeeping’s eye in the sky (11.04.2018)

The Democratic Republic of the Congo serves as a testing ground for using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for surveillance, with the United Nations using UAVs for its peacekeeping mission.

UN calls on DRC to not shun pledging conference (11.04.2018)

The United Nations says it hopes the Democratic Republic of Congo will attend a donors’ conference in Geneva later this week aimed at raising $1.7 billion for life-saving aid. DRC authorities say they will boycott the conference because the UN’s description of Congo’s humanitarian crisis as...

UN Security Council urges an end to recurring cycles of instability in Great Lakes region (10.04.2018)

[…] “The negative forces, including the Allied Democratic Forces, continue to attack and terrify the population, causing suffering and displacement, and fuelling mistrust between the countries of the region,” said the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, Said Djinnit.

Electoral poker in DR Congo – new ICG report (04.04.2018)

After repeated delays, President Joseph Kabila’s government in the Democratic Republic of Congo has made progress over the past few months toward organising elections for 23 December 2018. But there are still important concerns about the transparency and quality of the polls.

Politics and oil: the unseen drivers of violence in Congo’s Ituri Province (04.04.2018)

A recent wave of targeted attacks has left a trail of death, destruction, and mass displacement in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeastern province of Ituri. The roots of the violence are framed in media reports as ethnic, but analysts and local observers say powerful political and...

Security Council renews UN mission in DR Congo (27.03.2018)

The Security Council on Tuesday extended for one year the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), making it a priority for the operation to protect civilians and provide support for implementation of a 31 December 2016 agreement on holding elections.

Congo crisis worsening, EU says, as government shuns aid conference (26.03.2018)

The humanitarian situation in Democratic Republic of Congo is getting worse by the day, the European Union’s top aid official said on Sunday, as the Congolese government shunned a conference seeking to alleviate the suffering.

UN report finds 47 protestors killed, freedom of assembly curtailed by use of force (21.03.2018)

The security services and defence forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) killed at least 47 people during anti-government protests over a 13-month period through 31 January 2018, a United Nations human rights report has found.

‘Horrific’ violence in DR Congo drives thousands into Uganda (16.03.2018)

In the span of just three days – between 10 and 13 March – more than 4,000 people, mostly terrified women and children, have crossed into Uganda from crisis-gripped eastern provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.

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.

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