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DRC violence risks 'spreading' as 22,000 flee in a week (14.02.2018)

The United Nations has expressed its deep concern about ongoing ethnic fighting in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, warning that the violence that has forced tens of thousands to seek shelter in neighbouring Uganda "may spread further".

Haley calls on DRC to respond to UN killings (12.02.2018)

[…] The U.S. Mission to the United Nations said on Monday: "To date no serious action has been taken by President Kabila or the DRC government to investigate and arrest those involved with the murders of Michael and Zaida."

UN expects Congo offensive against eastern rebels to displace 370,000 (08.02.2018)

A military offensive launched last month by Congolese troops against Ugandan militants in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is likely to force nearly 370,000 people from their homes, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Escalating violence in DRC’s Ituri Province puts UN on ‘high alert’ (07.02.2018)

The UN refugee agency says the recent outbreak of ethnic violence in Ituri province, in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, could presage a mass exodus of refugees and internal displacement.

At least 30 dead in ethnic violence in northeast Congo (06.02.2018)

At least 30 people have been killed in two days of ethnic clashes between Hema herders and Lendu farmers in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeastern Ituri province, local authorities said on Monday.

Praying for change in Congo: the Catholic Church takes on Kabila (01.02.2018)

The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo is now a powerful voice of opposition to President Joseph Kabila’s continued unconstitutional stay in power, but the Church’s spiritual authority is yet to translate into political muscle.

Congo electoral commission finishes registering 46 million voters (01.02.2018)

Congo’s electoral commission finished registering 46 million voters on Wednesday for a long-delayed election meant to replace President Joseph Kabila that is currently scheduled for the end of December.

Kabila will name successor candidate by July (01.02.2018)

A spokesman for the Democratic Republic of Congo says President Joseph Kabila intends to respect the constitution and relinquish power after elections scheduled for December.

UN chief condemns killing of 'blue helmet,' calls on armed groups to lay down weapons (27.01.2018)

Condemning the killing today of a peacekeeper with the United Nations stabilization mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who was ambushed in the vast country's restive east, Secretary-General António Guterres again called on armed groups there to lay down their weapons and seek to...

UN hits out at surge in extra-judicial 'executions' in DR Congo (25.01.2018)

The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday reported a surge in summary "executions" in the country, notably in the southern Kasai region. In 2017, "state agents" carried out 1,176 extra-judicial killings, "including at least 89 women and 213 children," the United Nations...

UN rights office urges probe into use of force against protestors, UN personnel (23.01.2018)

At least six people died and 68 were wounded during weekend demonstrations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) capital, Kinshasa, the United Nations human rights office reported Tuesday, urging the Government to investigate all incidents where security forces may have used excessive force...

UN: Congo armed groups uniting against President Kabila (17.01.2018)

Militias in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are uniting in opposition to President Joseph Kabila, a senior U.N. official there told a news conference in Geneva on Wednesday. … "We now have it seems a coalition of various militia groups — it's a myriad, a cluster of those illegal irregular...

Resolve differences peacefully, Security Council to DRC political actors (16.01.2018)

Voicing serious concern over the continued political impasse and violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations Security Council has called upon all political actors to exercise maximum restraint and to address their differences peacefully.

Congo launches offensive against Ugandan rebels in its east (14.01.2018)

Congolese troops began a military offensive in the eastern city of Beni on Saturday against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan rebel armed group blamed for an attack that killed 15 United Nations peacekeepers last month.

Time for Africa to take concrete action in the DRC (12.01.2018)

The fight between the Congolese government and the political opposition over who is right and wrong continues to drive the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) electoral crisis, now entering its third year. This has been an important aspect of the battle to win the support of international,...

UN announces special probe into attacks on peacekeepers in eastern DR Congo (06.01.2018)

The United Nations is launching a special investigation into attacks on peacekeepers in restive eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), one month after 15 'blue helmets' were killed and dozens wounded in the deadliest single assault on a UN mission in nearly a quarter century.

UN rights office warns DRC authorities against use of excessive force when policing protests (05.01.2018)

Amid ongoing political tension in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), violent actions by the security forces during recent protests in Kinshasa and other cities suggest “deliberate intention to suppress civil and political rights,” the United Nations human rights office reported on Friday.

UN chief calls for restraint amid reports security forces violently dispersed Kinshasa protests (01.01.2018)

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to exercise restraint amid reports of a violent crackdown by national security forces on demonstrations in the capital, Kinshasa, and a number of other cities.

Congo's overlooked Kasai crisis sounds alarm bells (20.12.2017)

With millions of people on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was named the most neglected crisis of 2017 in a Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of aid agencies.

UN base attack ramps up security fears for vulnerable civilians in eastern Congo (15.12.2017)

What international news there has been from the Democratic Republic of Congo recently has centred on the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe in the south-central Kasai region. But the killing of at least 14 Tanzanian UN peacekeepers last week turned the spotlight momentarily onto the country’s...

Rebels kill 15 peacekeepers in Congo in worst attack on UN in recent history (09.12.2017)

Suspected Ugandan rebels killed at least 15 Tanzanian U.N. peacekeepers and wounded 53 others in a raid on a base in Congo that U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called the worst attack on the organisation in recent history.

DRC displacement crisis 'worse than Middle East' (06.12.2017)

Conflict has forced 1.7 million people to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year, causing "a mega-crisis", aid agencies say. This means that for the second consecutive year, DR Congo is worst-affected by conflict displacement in the world, the agencies add.

Time for concerted action in DRC – ICG report (04.12.2017)

President Kabila’s delaying tactics are holding hostage DR Congo’s political transition, while internal strife and government repression are weakening the opposition. Western and African actors need to coordinate their approach to the deepening crisis, support the advancement of democratic...

HRW: DRC recruited M23 to crush anti-Kabila protests (04.12.2017)

At least 62 people were killed as security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) recruited former rebel fighters to quash protests against President Joseph Kabila last year, a rights group claims.

UN peacekeeper in DRC honoured for combatting sexual violence on the frontlines (15.11.2017)

United Nations peacekeeper Major Seitebatso Pearl Block was commended on Wednesday for developing a Mission-wide, short message service (SMS) campaign to combat gender-based abuse by connecting with women in remote parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

UN watchdog tells Congo to hold election, clean up human rights (09.11.2017)

The UN Human Rights Committee on Thursday gave Democratic Republic of Congo a year to report on actions it has taken to hold free and fair elections and clean up its rights record. The UN watchdog, whose 18 independent experts monitor countries’ compliance with a global human rights treaty, said...

DR Congo opposition rejects new presidential election date (08.11.2017)

[…] On Sunday, Congo’s CENI elections commission announced the election, which term limits currently bar Kabila from taking part in, will be held on December 23, 2018 with the winner to be sworn in on January 13, 2019.

Security Council underscores need to bring killers of UN experts to justice (07.11.2017)

Reiterating the need to bring to justice the killers of two United Nations expert in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Security Council urged the country’s authorities to continue to cooperate with investigations into the incident.

Displaced people disaster looming in DR Congo (01.11.2017)

More than half a million people fled ethnic violence in south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since last year, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said, warning the area is “on the brink of a deadly disaster”.

Rebellion fears grow in eastern Congo (31.10.2017)

While attention has focused on the raging conflict and humanitarian crisis in Kasai in the southern Democratic Republic of Congo, armed opposition groups in the east of the country have stepped up attacks and are threatening to wage all-out war.


No Congo election until mid-2019, vote commission says, angering opposition (11.10.2017)

An election to replace Congolese President Joseph Kabila cannot take place before April 2019, the electoral commission said, a delay that the opposition said would cause an impatient population to "take matters into its own hands." The schedule outlined by the electoral commission would torpedo an...

Security Council condemns attack on UN mission base in DR Congo (10.10.2017)

The United Nations Security Council has called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to investigate into, and bring to justice those behind Monday’s attack on a peacekeeping mission base in North Kivu that resulted in the deaths of two “blue helmets.”

Ugandan rebel group massacres 22 in Congo (08.10.2017)

Rebels from an Islamist militant group killed 22 people in an ambush in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo on Saturday night, the authorities said.

Congo warlord seeks to unite rebel factions in anti-Kabila alliance (02.10.2017)

[…] Yakutumba, who fought alongside the army against Rwandan troops in earlier wars, is spearheading an attempt to unify disparate eastern rebel factions into a force that can oust President Joseph Kabila, who refused to step down when his second and final term in office expired last year. This...

DR Congo rebels advance on eastern city (28.09.2017)

Rebels in eastern DR Congo advanced to the outskirts of Uvira near the Burundi border residents said, spreading panic and confining thousands of civilians to their homes

UN mission deploys ‘blue helmets’ to protect civilians and refugees (28.09.2017)

Responding to the worsening security situation near a major town in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations mission in the country has deployed peacekeepers to deter any attacks on the city and to prevent escalation in clashes.

Perpetrators of crimes in DRC escape justice (27.09.2017)

In a scathing report to the UN Human Rights Council, a senior U.N. official accuses the Democratic Republic of Congo of turning a blind eye to systematic and gross violations of human rights committed by its security forces.

Kabila says progress being made in setting vote date (25.09.2017)

The Democratic Republic of Congo has made “irreversible” progress in preparing credible and peaceful elections, President Joseph Kabila told the United Nations, without giving a date for the vote whose delay has spurred violent protests. Speaking before the UN General Assembly on Sept. 23, Kabila...

DR Congo calls on UN mission there to focus more on development (23.09.2017)

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which hosts more than ten thousand United Nations peacekeepers and where enormous resources over the past two decades have been devoted to bringing stability to the vast country, today called for the UN mission to be re-directed more to development.

Kabila launches Congo peace conference (20.09.2017)

Joseph Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has opened a three-day peace conference in Congo’s Kasai region where thousands have died following ongoing fighting between government troops and militias, … .

UN agency urges Government to protect refugees after tragic killings (19.09.2017)

The United Nations refugee agency is urging the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to ensure protection for refugees and asylum-seekers following last week’s shooting incident in Kamanyola in which at least 39 people were killed and 94 injured.

MONUSCO strongly condemns the intrusion of FARDC troops into its Kananga base (29.08.2017)

A group of soldiers, commanded by General Marcellin Assumani, Commander of the Congolese Army operations in the Kasai region, forced their way into the MONUSCO office complex while allegedly in pursuit of a local journalist who had entered the premises seeking refuge.

No elections in DRC as Kabila stays put (22.08.2017)

Despite a general strike of more than eight million people, violent clashes with various rebel groups, and a visit from the Deputy Secretary-Genral of the U.N, Joseph Kabila’s strategy of glissement, or ‘slippage’ has worked and there will be no elections in DRC this year. Tom Collins asks how DRC...

SADC sending special envoy to DRC (21.08.2017)

The Southern African Development Community will be sending a former head of state to the Democratic Republic of Congo as a special envoy amidst increasing tensions in that country due to overdue elections.

UN inquiry finds Congolese militia likely killed UN monitors (16.08.2017)

A United Nations inquiry found that two U.N. investigators were murdered by a group of Congolese, likely militia members from central Democratic Republic of Congo, but an absence of evidence “does not preclude the possibility that others are involved.”

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