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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DRC President signs legislation on local elections (26.08.2015)

The president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has signed legislation to keep elections on a timeline proposed by an independent commission, a government spokesman said Wednesday. … Presidential elections are slated for November 2016. … Tensions have been high between the president and...

UN mission must withdraw from DRC, says chief (18.08.2015)

The head of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Martin Kobler, told reporters Monday the mission - MONUSCO - must withdraw from the country. Kobler said the recent decision by Ethiopian Airlines to restart flights to Goma in eastern Congo is a welcome step toward...

DRC's opposition boycotts Senate, dismisses Kabila's ploy to stay in power (11.08.2015)

The Senate … is set to hold an extraordinary session Tuesday to debate how to organise the country’s first-ever local elections. But a united opposition is boycotting the session, arguing that the draft legislation is part of President Joseph Kabila’s strategy to hang on to power when his second...

Congo opposition urges resistance to third term for Sassou (29.07.2015)

Republic of Congo opposition parties called on the population Wednesday to resist attempts at constitutional reform that could pave the way for President Denis Sassou Nguesso to seek a third term in next year's presidential election.

Five Lessons from the Congo’s Instability: Q&A with Ian Quick (27.07.2015)

Efforts to stabilize the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) during the early 2000s assumed there was a complete lack of authority in those parts of the country not under formal state control. This was never the case according to management consultant Ian Quick, who previously worked with the...

Congo forum opens door to president's re-election, critics cry foul (17.07.2015)

A mass meeting of politicians, academics and other figures proposed changes to the Republic of Congo's constitution on Friday which could pave the way for their veteran leader to stay in power, a move decried by the opposition.

Success of Congo mission hinges on ‘constructive partnership’ with Government – Kobler (14.07.2015)

The capacity of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) to fulfil its mandate rests on “persistent engagement” with the authorities, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the Mission, Martin Kobler, told the...

UN drops demand for Congo to replace generals accused of abuses (14.07.2015)

The United Nations has dropped a demand for two Democratic Republic of Congo generals accused of human rights abuses to be replaced before U.N. peacekeepers can resume cooperation with the Congolese army on operations against a Rwandan rebel group.

UN calls for wider police deployment in DRC (01.07.2015)

"We can fight against the armed groups," MONUSCO chief Martin Kobler said, "but if the state’s authority and the civil administration are not restored, and the PNC [Congo’s national police] are not deployed, the end result will not be a success." … The latest official figures suggest there are...

UN: DRC rebel group weakened in joint operation (24.06.2015)

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, joint operations by the Congolese army and the United Nations mission MONUSCO have weakened one of the most active rebel groups in the country. The mission chief said Wednesday that about a quarter of the combatants with the FRPI rebel group have been taken out...

Former Congo rebel leader's ICC trial to start in July (16.06.2015)

The International Criminal Court says the trial of former Congo militia leader Bosco Ntaganda will start in July, weighing charges including murder, rape and using child soldiers.

UN deploys troops, helicopters to back Congo in fight with rebels (10.06.2015)

UN forces have deployed ground troops, attack helicopters and drones to support a campaign by Democratic Republic of Congo's army against rebels in the northeast of the country, the head of its UN peacekeeping mission said on Wednesday.

Gunmen attack airport in eastern Congo (02.06.2015)

Gunmen attacked the airport in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's largest city, Goma, in an overnight raid in which four government soldiers and three suspected assailants were killed. … A Congolese security official … said the assailants were Mai-Mai fighters, members of one of the dozens of...

Rebel group responsible for ‘grave violations’ in DR Congo massacres, says UN report (13.05.2015)

A United Nations human rights report released today says that a Uganda-based rebel group has committed grave violations of international humanitarian law in crisis-riven north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Tanzanian UN peacekeepers killed in DR Congo (06.05.2015)

Two Tanzanian peacekeepers with the special UN intervention force in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been killed in an ambush, the UN has said. Thirteen others were wounded in the attack by suspected Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces Islamist rebels.

Congo: Is democratic change possible? – ICG report (05.05.2015)

This report analyses the tense context in which the upcoming elections are to take place. It identifies several risks, linked to the sudden developments in the decentralisation process, the slow and non-consensual preparation of an overly ambitious electoral calendar as well as divisions within the...

Rwandan rebel group kills 10 soldiers in eastern Congo ambush (08.04.2015)

Rwandan rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed around 10 soldiers in an ambush this week, an army source said on Wednesday, the insurgents' deadliest attack since the start of a military campaign against them in February.

DRC army putting pressure on FDLR (01.04.2015)

Democratic Republic of Congo government forces, which launched an offensive against FDLR rebels in the east of the country a month ago, has been successful in driving the militants out of parts of North and South Kivu provinces, a military spokesman said.

L'ONU souhaite la reprise de la coopération avec l'armée pour combattre les FDLR (01.04.2015)

En froid avec Kinshasa, les Nations unies souhaitent relancer la coopération "le plus vite possible" avec l'armée afin de neutraliser les rebelles des Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR) actifs dans l'est de la RDC.

UN cuts 2,000 troops from DR Congo peace force (26.03.2015)

The UN Security Council on Thursday voted to cut 2,000 troops from the UN peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo despite calls from Kinshasa for a bigger drawdown.

UN confirms working with suspected DRC human rights abusers (20.03.2015)

United Nations officials have confirmed that the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, known as MONUSCO, has in the past worked with Congolese army officers who were suspected of committing human rights violations.

Congo orders expulsion of four foreign activists (18.03.2015)

Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday ordered the immediate expulsion of four foreign pro-democracy activists detained over the weekend during and criticized the United States for supporting the event.

U.N. peacekeepers barred seven Congolese officers over rights records (11.03.2015)

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo barred seven Congolese army and police officers from receiving support after ruling there was a "real risk" they could commit human rights abuses, according to a U.N. report.

Kinshasa government attacks FDLR rebels without the UN (03.03.2015)

Government forces in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) carried out their first attack against rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) on 24 February 2015, almost a month after this operation was first announced. The attack against the FDLR comes in the...

MONUSCO: Kobler’s likely departure signals post-FIB era for peacekeeping in Congo (25.02.2015)

As election-related tensions are rising and operations against the FDLR rebels looming, changing the leadership of MONUSCO is going to make it more difficult for it to play a positive role for peace and development in 2015, especially since the momentum of 2013 and early 2014 has been lost.

DR Congo launches strikes against FDLR Hutu rebels (25.02.2015)

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has launched its first strikes as part of a long-awaited offensive against Rwandan Hutu rebels. Ministers had previously pledged to target the FDLR militants after they failed to meet a deadline to disarm last month. … The UN mission in DR Congo recently...

ISS: UN staying in eastern DRC - for now (18.02.2015)

The disagreement over the FDLR operation raises several questions about the future of relations between the DRC and the UN.

Ein ewiger Kampf (18.02.2015)

Seit zwei Jahrzehnten herrschen ruandische Hutu-Rebellen im Osten des Kongos. Die Vereinten Nationen wollen sie entwaffnen – doch es ist eine vom Scheitern bedrohte Mission für den UN-Sonderbeauftragten Martin Kobler.

Congo renounces UN support for campaign against Rwandan rebels (15.02.2015)

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has renounced UN support for a military campaign against Rwandan Hutu rebels and criticised international interference in national affairs, the government spokesman said on Sunday.

DR Congo sets election date after protests (12.02.2015)

The Democratic Republic of Congo will hold presidential elections in November 2016, satisfying a key demand of the opposition.

UN pulls out of planned assault on FDLR (11.02.2015)

The UN has withdrawn its backing for a planned offensive against rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after the government refused to sack two generals, a spokesman has said. UN troops could not join the offensive because the generals were accused of human rights abuses, he added.

Secretary-General appoints David Gressly as Deputy Special Representative for the DRC (06.02.2015)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of David Gressly of the United States as his Deputy Special Representative for Operations and the Rule of Law in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

UN to DR Congo - remove generals accused of abuses or lose support (05.02.2015)

The United Nations has threatened to withdraw support for a planned Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) military campaign against Rwandan rebels if the government does not remove two generals accused of human rights abuses by the end of next week, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday.

Armed groups to be ‘neutralised’ says UN DR Congo envoy after massacre near Beni (04.02.2015)

The head of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has today strongly condemned massacre of civilians that took place in the area of Beni town in the vast country’s restive northeast.

Security Council renews sanctions, extends mandate of expert monitoring group (29.01.2015)

Unanimously adopting a new resolution, the 15-member Council renewed until 1 July 2016 the arms embargo and related sanctions imposed on the DRC, as well as, until 1 August 2016, the mandate of the Group of Experts monitoring the implementation of those measures.

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.

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...

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...

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.

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