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 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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
Report of the Secretary-General on MONUSCO (25.09.2014)
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...
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.
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.
"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."
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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 will begin repatriating as many as 184,000 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) refugees after a large number of them asked to go home.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.”
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.
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).
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.
New report of the Secretary-General (23.12.2013)
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.