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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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...


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.”

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