Democratic Republic of the Congo

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EU Mission to Provide Advice and Assistance for Security Sector Reform in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (EU)
Begin: 05/05

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European Union Police Mission in the DRC (EU)
Begin: 07/07

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UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (UN-led)
Begin: 07/10

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Congo declares start of campaign against Rwandan Hutu rebels (29.01.2015)

Democratic Republic of Congo's army on Thursday declared the official start of operations against Rwandan Hutu rebels, but a senior army official said combat had not yet begun. … An attack on the group by the FARDC and the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo (MONUSCO) has been expected since the...

DR Congo parliament passes amended census law (26.01.2015)

The Democratic Republic of Congo parliament has passed an amended census bill following four days of violent nationwide protests. … The original version of the bill said a census was needed before elections, effectively delaying next year's polls. The opposition said this was an attempt to extend...

DR Congo senate delays vote amid anti-Kabila protests (22.01.2015)

The Democratic Republic of Congo senate has delayed a vote on a national census which has sparked violent protests because it would delay elections. … Human rights organisations say dozens have been killed, although this is disputed by the government.

Peacekeeping chief backs gradual drawdown of UN mission (22.01.2015)

Amid the deteriorating situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the capital, Kinshasa, is gripped by clashes between demonstrators and security forces, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today urged maximum restraint on all sides, while the head of United Nations peacekeeping...

UN mission chief voices ‘full solidarity’ as Government battles armed groups (16.01.2015)

The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has expressed ‘full solidarity’ and support for the country’s Government as it continues in its fight against armed groups operating in the eastern part of its territory.

Police disperse protesters ahead of Congo parliament election debate (13.01.2015)

Police fired tear gas on Monday at demonstrators trying to protest against a parliamentary debate on a proposed census in the Democratic Republic of Congo's which, if approved, could delay next year's elections. Under the constitution, President Joseph Kabila will not be able to stand in the 2016...

UN Mission chief applauds joint operations against armed groups in eastern DR Congo (06.01.2015)

A joint operation by United Nations troops and the Congolese army (FARDC) took control of the main bases used by an armed group actively threatening security and stability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s long-troubled eastern region.

With no rebel surrender, UN mission in DR Congo readies military operations (05.01.2015)

With the deadline for the unconditional surrender of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) having passed on 2 January, and no significant additional surrenders of FDLR combatants registered since June, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the...

UN says wants fewer but better performing troops in Congo (05.01.2015)

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommends in a report reducing the number of peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of the Congo by nearly 10 percent while making it more effective when it comes to protecting civilians from armed groups. A strategic review of the United Nations Congo mission...

Congo: ending the status quo – new ICG briefing (17.12.2014)

In its latest briefing, Congo: Ending the Status Quo, the International Crisis Group examines the reasons behind the present stalemate and outlines possibilities to end it.

Congo M23 rebels 'on the run in Uganda ahead of handover' (16.12.2014)

More than 1,500 Congolese ex-rebels have gone on the run in Uganda ahead of their handover to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the group's leader, Bertrand Bisimwa, has told the BBC.

UN brigade will need to "neutralise" Congo rebels- chief (15.12.2014)

Only a few of Rwanda's FDLR rebels operating in eastern Congo have laid down their arms before a January deadline, meaning that U.N. troops will launch operations against the group next month, the U.N.'s peacekeeping chief said on Monday.

Massacres highlight complexity of violence in DRC’s Beni Territory (10.12.2014)

The murders of more than 250 men, women and children in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Beni Territory in recent weeks have widely been blamed on an insurgency of Ugandan origin known as the Alliance of Democratic Forces-NALU (ADF-NALU). But several armed groups and racketeering gangs...

Congo rebels not ready to return from Uganda (08.12.2014)

Members of the former Congolese rebel group known as M23 should not be sent back from Uganda until the Kinshasa government honors the terms of a peace deal as the deadline approaches for their repatriation, an M23 spokesman said Monday.

DR Congo unity government formed by President Kabila (08.12.2014)

The president of Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, has announced the formation of a new government which includes several opposition members. … The unity government comes amid speculation that Mr Kabila, in power since 2001, may try to change the constitution to run for a third term.

Great Lakes Envoys outraged by spate of civilian massacres in eastern DRC (02.12.2014)

A team of United Nations, African Union and other Special Envoys on the Great Lakes region have said they are “deeply outraged” by the recent spate of civilian massacres that have taken place in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and have called on the Government to “engage in robust...

UN special envoy condemns ‘trend of massacres’ in eastern province (24.11.2014)

The security situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is “worsening,” a senior United Nations official has warned, citing an escalating trend of massacres in the town of Beni – the site of continuing flare-ups of deadly violence between armed groups, including Ugandan-based...

The Intervention Brigade: Legal Issues for the UN in the DRC (20.11.2014)

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN’s peacekeeping mission as a whole — not just the Intervention Brigade component — is a party to the conflict under international law. This is one of the key findings in a new IPI report examining the legal implications of the UN brigade’s...

Violence rages in Southeastern DRC (18.11.2014)

UNHCR spokesperson Celine Schmitt said the crisis in Katanga has not received as much media attention as conflicts in the northeastern Kivu provinces. “There are two conflicts ongoing in Katanga. There is an increase of violence by a militia group called the Mai Mai Bataka Katanga … But also there...

DRC militia leader sentenced for war crimes (13.11.2014)

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – also known by its French acronym MONUSCO – has welcomed the sentencing of a former commander of a militia group accused of war crimes as a step towards reinforcing the rule of law in the war-torn...

Un an après la défaite, que sont devenus les chefs rebelles du M23? (06.11.2014)

Un an exactement après leur défaite militaire, les chefs rebelles du M23 réclament toujours une amnistie générale. Mais Kinshasa leur oppose un examen au cas par cas. En attendant, certains restent campés en Ouganda, d'autres au Rwanda, d'autres encore choisissent de rentrer au pays.

UN mission says police arrest more than 200 suspected of recent attacks (05.11.2014)

The United Nations stabilizations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced today that more than 200 people have been arrested in relation to the recent attacks against civilians around the town of Beni in the long-restive eastern part of the vast African country.

UN mission welcomes Government request to boost presence in east (01.11.2014)

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has welcomed the Government's request for more “blue helmets” to backstop Congolese troops fighting to protect civilians from armed rebels that have carried out a spate of attacks in and around the...

Wrong to expel top rights expert, UN envoy tells Congo (28.10.2014)

The United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Monday publicly rebuked the Kinshasa government for expelling the top UN human rights official, as the Congolese ambassador accused the official of "offensive behavior."

Amid fresh violence, ‘presence without action, undermines our credibility’ – UN envoy (27.10.2014)

Amid continuing flare-ups of deadly violence and a tenuous humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission (MONUSCO) in the vast African nation today underlined the need for a “proactive, not reactive” response in countering...

UN, African Union urge eastern town to support operations to end rebel threat (24.10.2014)

Visiting the site of a recent flare-up of deadly violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations and African Union (AU) envoys met with the Mayor of the town of Beni, Congolese military officials and local leaders, urging a united front to “put an end to the terror...

UN Mission comes under attack, steps up security (22.10.2014)

The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, known as MONUSCO, has stepped up its security following several attacks on its bases in North Kivu, including one this morning, when a large number of youths converged on the premises, and another yesterday which required the...

Congo, UN troops fire live rounds amid protest against killings (22.10.2014)

Crowds gathered at the UN base calling for peacekeepers to leave the town after two people were shot dead on Tuesday during a protest over the UN mission's failure to stem violence blamed on Ugandan rebels that has killed dozens of civilians in recent weeks.

African rivalries weaken UN hand against rebels in Congo (22.10.2014)

Hundreds of Rwandan rebels in eastern Congo are defying a six month ultimatum to disarm, ratcheting up pressure on regional powers and U.N. peacekeepers to eliminate, once and for all, a force at the heart of two decades of conflict.

Ban deplores expulsion of UN rights officer (21.10.2014)

The decision to declare Scott Campbell, the director of the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO), persona non grata, or “unwelcome person”, was initially made public by the Ministry of the Interior on Thursday, a day after the release of a UN report detailing serious human rights violations by...

Second massacre in days leaves 20 dead in east DR Congo (18.10.2014)

Militants have killed at least 20 people, said to be mostly women and children, in the second massacre in two days near the DR Congo town of Beni.

UN envoy calls for decisive joint military action to neutralize rebels (18.10.2014)

In the wake of an overnight attack by suspected Ugandan-based rebels near the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo town Beni – the second deadly assault in 48 hours – the United Nations envoy in the country is calling for 'decisive joint military actions' by the Congolese army and UN...

UN report spotlights human rights violations amid wider calls for security reform (15.10.2014)

The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) must accelerate security sector reform and punish those who violate human rights in the name of the law, top United Nations officials declared today, amid reports of serious human rights violations in the African country.

UN says rebels kill 9, kidnap 47 in Congo (15.10.2014)

There has been a resurgence of rebel activity in northeast Congo with gunmen killing nine people and another group kidnapping 47, a U.N. official said Wednesday.

Security Council reiterates priority of 'swift neutralization' of armed group (03.10.2014)

The United Nations Security Council today reiterated that the “swift neutralization” of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) armed group is a top priority in bringing stability to and protecting the civilians of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes...

EUSEC RD Congo extended (25.09.2014)

The Council of the European Union today extended the mandate of the EU mission to provide advice and assistance for Security Sector Reform in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (EUSEC RD Congo) until 30 June 2015. … From 30 June 2015 until 30 June 2016, EUSEC RD Congo will be preserved as a CSDP...

Rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo slow to disarm (25.09.2014)

The Democratic Republic of Congo wants to disarm and disband rebels on its territory. But very few are handing themselves in voluntarily. Some blame the bleak prospects awaiting them once they have taken this step.

Security council urges "neutralization" of Rwandan rebels in Congo (27.08.2014)

The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday called for the "swift neutralization" of Rwandan rebels in Democratic Republic of the Congo as essential to bringing stability to the conflict-torn eastern regions of the country.

SADC ultimatum to Rwanda rebels in DRC (19.08.2014)

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) political leadership has issued an ultimatum to the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to surrender and disarm within six months.

DR Congo war crimes trial of Egangela 'a test case of justice' (14.08.2014)

"The UN Security Council and different special representatives of the [UN] secretary general have been very focused on this case as a bit of a test case to see if military justice can deliver justice for very serious crimes - and committed by a senior officer within the Congolese army."

US tells armed group in DRC to surrender or face 'military option' (05.08.2014)

Barack Obama's special envoy to central Africa issues warning to FDLR, a group formed by leaders of the Rwanda genocide.

NGOs against MONUSCO drones for humanitarian work (23.07.2014)

International NGOs have rebuffed a recent offer by the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to use drones for humanitarian information gathering, saying this could represent a dangerous “blurring of the lines” between military and humanitarian actors in the...

U.S. will broaden sanctions to deter violence in Congo (09.07.2014)

The United States will expand sanctions on groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo, making it easier to target those who are trying to instigate violence and disrupt peacekeeping efforts in that country, the White House announced on Tuesday.

Head of UN Congo peacekeepers regrets failing to stop massacre (04.07.2014)

The head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has said he is sorry his forces reacted too slowly to prevent a massacre in the east of the country in June.

Army, UN failed to stop massacre – Human Rights Watch (03.07.2014)

Congolese forces and United Nations peacekeepers failed to intervene to stop a nearby attack that killed at least 30 civilians. The attack was in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s South Kivu province on June 6, 2014.

UN sanctions Allied Democratic Forces rebel group (02.07.2014)

This week a U.N. Security Council committee placed sanctions on a Ugandan Islamist group, the Allied Democratic Forces, for using child soldiers, killing and abusing women and children, and attacks on U.N. peacekeepers. … The Allied Democratic Forces is one of the oldest armed groups in eastern...


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