Democratic Republic of the Congo

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EUSEC RD Congo

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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EUPOL RD Congo

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

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MONUSCO

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

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News


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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Heavy fighting resumes on Rwanda-DRC border (11.06.2014)

Countries blame each other of crossing border and killing soldiers as Western officials seek to play down rhetoric.

DRC minerals: Most mines 'conflict free' since US law (10.06.2014)

More than two-thirds of mines in eastern Democratic Republic Congo which produced "conflict minerals" four years ago are no longer run by warlords, a report by US-based Enough Project says.

ICC to put Congolese warlord on trial for war crimes (09.06.2014)

Prosecutors have presented enough evidence to justify putting on trial a Congolese militia leader accused of rape, murder and enlisting child soldiers, judges at the International Criminal Court said on Monday.

UN and partners renew call for surrender of Rwandan rebel group (01.06.2014)

The United Nations and its partners today renewed their call for the complete surrender of all leaders and combatants of the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, which has caused untold suffering in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for many years.

Germain Katanga sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment (23.05.2014)

Germain Katanga was found guilty, as an accessory, of one count of crimes against humanity (murder) and four counts of war crimes (murder, attacking a civilian population, destruction of property and pillaging).

Uganda says to begin repatriating 184,000 Congolese refugees (29.04.2014)

Uganda will begin repatriating as many as 184,000 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) refugees after a large number of them asked to go home.

UN in DR Congo pledges support, good offices to upcoming polls (23.04.2014)

During a visit at the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), Special Representative of the Secretary-General Martin Kobler also stressed the need for elections to be properly funded and planned.

Uganda says Islamist rebel leader has fled eastern Congo (22.04.2014)

The leader of a Ugandan Islamist rebel group has fled his hideout in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after a U.N.-backed offensive destroyed several camps belonging to his militia.

Citing new report, UN urges DR Congo to end impunity for ‘widespread’ sexual violence (09.04.2014)

“Despite an increase in the number of prosecutions of State agents for sexual violence in recent years, there is still a long way to go in the fight against impunity for sexual violence in the DRC,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

Security Council extends UN mission, intervention force for one year (28.03.2014)

The Security Council today extended for one year the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) – along with its Intervention Brigade – noting the need for the Mission to strengthen its support so the Congolese Government can address security...

South Africa extends army's mandate in DR Congo (25.03.2014)

The deployment "has been extended from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015", Pretoria said in a statement on the same day regional leaders met to discuss the conflict.

UN envoy urges rebels to ‘break away’ from armed groups (11.03.2014)

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today warned rebel fighters in the country to ‘surrender without delay’ and join the disarmament process or face consequences.

DR Congo warlord Germain Katanga found guilty at ICC (07.03.2014)

The International Criminal Court has found Congo militia leader Germain Katanga guilty of war crimes but acquitted him of sexual offences. … He becomes just the second person to be convicted by the court since it was set up in The Hague in 2002.

With attack helicopters deployed, UN envoy urges rebels to lay down arms (03.03.2014)

After the intensification of United Nations support to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in joint operations against an armed group known as the Allied Democratic Forces, the world body’s envoy to the vast African nation today called on the rebels to lay down their weapons.

UN sends more troops to DR Congo's troubled Katanga region (26.02.2014)

The UN said Tuesday it has deployed around 100 Egyptian special forces to the restive Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where a surge in violence has caused what it called a humanitarian "catastrophe".

UN-Chef im Kongo: "Wir sind dabei, unsere Kräfte zu verstärken" (25.02.2014)

Martin Kobler, Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo und Leiter der United Nations Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO), spricht im DW-Interview über Fortschritte und Probleme der Friedensmission.

More UN troops in troubled Katanga region (18.02.2014)

The United Nations said Tuesday it will send more peacekeeping troops to the Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of Congo after a surge in attacks by local militias caused a critical humanitarian crisis.

UN to boost troops in DRC’s troubled Katanga province (13.02.2014)

DRC officials and civil society groups have been calling for the UN to intervene more strongly in Katanga, where armed groups calling for the province to secede have torched scores of villages and clashed with government forces.

DRC president declares amnesty for former M23 rebels (12.02.2014)

More serious crimes are excluded from the amnesty, including genocide, crimes against humanity, terrorism, torture, sexual violence, child conscription and embezzlement and looting. … In a joint statement by representatives of the UN, EU, US and African Union, the amnesty was welcomed as "a...

New DR Congo amnesty law welcomed by UN envoys (05.02.2014)

Senior United Nations officials today welcomed parliamentary approval of an amnesty law covering acts of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) dating back to mid-2000 as “the next step in bringing sustainable peace.”

UN peacekeepers question Rwandan rebel disarmament claim (04.02.2014)

Senior members of a Rwandan Hutu rebel force based in eastern Congo said on Tuesday they had started laying down their arms and were ready for talks with Kigali, but U.N. peacekeepers said they had seen no signs of disarmament.

ADF-NALU militia in DRC - IRIN-briefing (27.01.2014)

On 16 January, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) army (FARDC) launched an operation in the eastern Kivu region of Beni to neutralize the Islamic Alliance of Democratic Forces (ADF-NALU) militia, whose prominence has been growing amid fears of its links with global terrorist movements. … IRIN...

Congo: Fighters quit, UN says (14.01.2014)

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo said Tuesday that 8,000 fighters affiliated with a variety of armed factions had surrendered since the M23 rebel group was routed in November.

DR Congo's Lubumbashi hit by fighting (07.01.2014)

At least 26 people have been killed in an eight-hour battle between government and rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo's second city Lubumbashi, police say.

UN peacekeepers in DR Congo on alert after killing of army commander (03.01.2014)

Special Representative of the Secretary-General Martin Kobler issued a statement yesterday condemning the assassination of Colonel Mamadou Moustapha Ndala of the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC).

UN peacekeepers in DR Congo on alert after clashes between Government, armed men (30.12.2013)

United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are on alert today amid ongoing clashes between Government forces and unidentified armed men, according to a spokesperson.

The DRC declarations on M23 – analysts’ reactions (17.12.2013)

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the former rebel group known as the M23 Movement signed declarations on 12 December formalizing agreements to end hostilities in eastern DRC. … Irinnews provides a selection of analysts’ reactions to the declarations.

Congo's army accused of abuse as rebels regroup in Rwanda (17.12.2013)

Recently defeated M23 rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo have continued to recruit fighters in neighboring Rwanda while the Congolese army has been involved in human rights abuses and corruption, according to a confidential U.N. report.

UN boosts attack force in east after gruesome massacre of civilians (16.12.2013)

The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has sent attack helicopters and manned foot patrols into the country's strife-torn North Kivu province after discovering the bodies of 21 civilians brutally slaughtered, including babies, children and women, some mutilated, others...

Ban welcomes signing of declarations between DR Congo-M23 (13.12.2013)

The agreements effectively end the Kampala Dialogue which aimed at reaching a final and principled agreement that ensures the disarmament and demobilization of the M23 and accountability for human rights abuses.

Rwandan Hutu fighters in Congo surrendering in large numbers: UN (11.12.2013)

Members of a Rwandan Hutu militia in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been surrending in large numbers to U.N. peacekeepers trying to neutralize armed groups in the region, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday.

UN and Congolese troops tackle Rwandan rebels (10.12.2013)

UN and Congolese troops have launched an offensive in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo against a Rwandan rebel group linked to the 1994 genocide, the UN command said Wednesday.

DRC wants to finish talks with M23 rebels (03.12.2013)

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) president wants to urgently end talks with rebels in the country's east, Ugandan and Congolese statements have said, despite no deal being reached. DRC President Joseph Kabila and Uganda's Yoweri Museveni met on Monday in Uganda's capital to discuss the deal,...

UN starts drone surveillance in DR Congo (03.12.2013)

The UN mission in Democratic Republic of Congo has started to deploy unarmed surveillance drones to monitor rebel activity near the forested borders with Rwanda and Uganda. This is the first time any UN mission has deployed drones.

A pacifist at war: an unlikely leader's success in Congo (21.11.2013)

In the embattled region of eastern Congo, the United Nations is deploying a real combat brigade for the first time. It's being led by a German pacifist who believes peacekeeping sometimes requires the use of military force. His approach appears to be working.

39 DRC officers in rape and war crimes trial (20.11.2013)

Thirty-nine government soldiers accused of war crimes have gone on trial in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. … Correspondents say the military trial comes after months of international pressure after some officers were suspended but no soldiers tried. The UN then threatened to stop funding...

DRC armed groups ready to demobilize, activists say (19.11.2013)

Several armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have said they are ready to lay down their weapons, following the army's defeat of M23 rebels. Since then, there has been a series of letters and declarations by other militias expressing their willingness to be demobilized.

Congo ready to sign document formalising rebel defeat (13.11.2013)

The Democratic Republic of Congo said on Wednesday it was ready to sign a "declaration" that reflects the defeat of M23 rebels, despite pulling out of Ugandan-hosted peace talks a day earlier.

New UN brigade’s aggressive stance in Africa brings success, and risks (12.11.2013)

A more aggressive approach could alienate countries like India and Uruguay, which have traditionally sent many troops to serve in United Nations operations. Such countries see peacekeeping missions as a way to get training, equipment and extra pay for their forces with relatively little risk of...

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