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UN accuses DRC police of using force to break up peaceful protests (07.09.2018)

The U.N. human rights office accuses police in the Democratic Republic of Congo of violently breaking up peaceful protests ahead of the country's long-awaited election campaign.

DR Congo court bans Jean-Pierre Bemba from elections (03.09.2018)

The top court in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Monday excluded former vice president and opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba from standing for election because of a witness tampering conviction at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Respect for fundamental rights and freedoms key for peaceful polls – UN mission chief (27.08.2018)

Leila Zerrougui, head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the country, known by its French acronym, MONUSCO, briefed ambassadors on the latest developments related to the December vote, which will mark the first peaceful transfer of power in the country. However, key concerns persist, including...

Congo trial over killings of UN experts resumes after long suspension (27.08.2018)

The trial of more than two dozen people, including a former intelligence agency informant, suspected in the killings of two UN sanctions monitors last year in central Congo resumed on Monday after a 10-month suspension, defence lawyers said.

Congo rejects presidential bid of opposition leader Bemba (25.08.2018)

The election commission of Democratic Republic of Congo has excluded opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba and three former prime ministers from the list of approved candidates for December’s presidential election, which was published on Friday.

With DRC election in December, MONUSCO, squeezed by political and budgetary pressures, labors on (22.08.2018)

This is a delicate year in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with a general election scheduled for December, two years late, and a lot of unknowns about the resulting aftermath. … It is in this context that the United Nations’ largest peacekeeping in terms of budget and number of...

DRC wins the battle for stability, but not yet the war (15.08.2018)

Successful conflict management is hard to find anywhere these days - and often least so in Central Africa. It is all the more important then to look at recent developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and acknowledge that domestic opposition, coupled with regional and international...

UN chief welcomes DR Congo President’s promise to stand down (10.08.2018)

In line with constitutional rules, Mr. Kabila was due to end his mandate as leader of the Central African nation, in 2016. Following delays and subsequent political mediation, his term was extended until December 2017, but protests were sparked when polls were once again delayed by 12 months,...

Congo's Kabila will not stand in presidential election (08.08.2018)

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila will not stand in December’s presidential election, a spokesman said on Wednesday, announcing that former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary would be the ruling coalition’s candidate.

DR Congo opposition leader Katumbi blocked from returning home (04.08.2018)

Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi has been blocked from entering the country to register as a candidate in December's long-delayed presidential election, a spokesman said Saturday.

Conflict in new Ebola zone of DR Congo exacerbates complexity of response: WHO emergency response chief (04.08.2018)

Protecting vulnerable people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from the latest Ebola Virus outbreak is going to be “very, very complex”, given the huge logistical challenges and ongoing conflict there, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

DR Congo ex-warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba welcomed home (01.08.2018)

Former Democratic Republic of Congo Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba has arrived home in the capital, Kinshasa, after 11 years in exile and prison. The ex-rebel leader had a war crimes conviction by the International Criminal Court overturned in June. … He has declared his intention to contest the...

Bemba to return to DRC Aug 1 ahead of polls (24.07.2018)

Former Democratic Republic of Congo vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba, acquitted last month of war crimes, will return to the country on August 1 ahead of end-year elections, his party announced on Monday.

Congo's Kabila appoints army chief under U.S., EU sanctions for alleged violence (15.07.2018)

State television reported on Sunday that Kabila had appointed General John Numbi to the role of inspector general of the Congolese Armed Forces. Numbi has been placed under sanctions by the United States, the EU and Switzerland for alleged killings of scores of civilians by forces controlled by him...

Jean-Pierre Bemba named as DRC presidential candidate (14.07.2018)

Bemba, a former DRC vice president, accepted the candidacy from his Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) party on Friday by telephone from Brussels, where he was released days after the ICC overturned his 18-year sentence.

Congo's Kabila delays UN chief's visit, refuses to see U.S. envoy Haley (10.07.2018)

Congolese President Joseph Kabila has put off a planned visit this week by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and refused to see U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who diplomats said had also separately planned to visit Kinshasa.

Conflict in Congo's Kasai could be prelude to genocide, UN expert warns (04.07.2018)

Mutilation, gang rape and killing documented in Congo's Kasai region could be a harbinger of genocide, the U.N. torture investigator told Reuters on Wednesday, calling for action to prevent another Rwanda or Srebrenica. Nils Melzer, UN special rapporteur on torture worldwide, said he was alarmed by...

UN envoy calls for ‘a level playing field’ in key upcoming elections (26.06.2018)

Major progress has been made on preparations for the upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but “conditions for a level playing field are not yet in place”, said the most senior United Nations official based in the country.

All sides committed war crimes in Congo's Kasai region - U.N (26.06.2018)

Defence and security forces along with the Kamuina Nsapu and Bana Mura militias have committed “crimes against humanity and war crimes” in the of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasai region, United Nations experts said on Tuesday following an investigation.

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".

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