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)
European Union Police Mission in the DRC (EU)
UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (UN-led)
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.
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.
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.
Report of the Secretary-General on MONUSCO (10.03.2015)
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...
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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 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...
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.
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 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...
Report of the Secretary-General on MONUSCO (30.12.2014)
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.
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.
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.
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...
The report [of he Secretary-General] includes a detailed analysis of safety and security in peacekeeping missions. … The annex ... provides lessons learned from the utilization of unarmed, unmanned aircraft systems in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic...
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.
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...
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...
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 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.
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.
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...
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 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...
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...
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.
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...
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.