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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.

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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.”

DR Congo protest to oust Kabila (09.08.2017)

The opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo is on strike. President Kabila’s opponents hope to force him to announce a date for elections. But the government won’t budge and it still has some aces up its sleeve.

UN report indicates Government participation in ethnic massacres in Kasai (04.08.2017)

Violence in the Kasai provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) appears to be taking on an increasingly disturbing ethnic dimension, a United Nations human rights wing has warned, citing testimonies that Government forces have led ethnicity-based attacks.

UN envoy expresses concern over arbitrary arrests, urges restraint (02.08.2017)

The United Nations envoy for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today expressed his concern over arbitrary arrests and detentions across the country, following civil society's call for the holding of elections before year-end and their peaceful protests against delays in the publication of...

DRC police arrest over 100 in anti-Kabila protests (02.08.2017)

Arrests made as protesters march in different parts of the country demanding President Joseph Kabila to step down.

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UN rights chief names international investigators on Kasai abuses (26.07.2017)

The United Nations human rights chief today named three international experts to investigate reports of killings, mutilations, rapes and other abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) restive Kasai provinces.

UN points finger at "elements" in Congo army over Kasai mass graves (26.07.2017)

The United Nations accused "elements" of the Congolese army on Tuesday of digging most of the mass graves it has identified in the insurrection-ravaged Kasai region of central Democratic Republic of Congo.

When will Kabila go? Congolese leader long overstays his welcome (23.07.2017)

In Congo, they are calling it “le glissement.” The term, meaning “the slide” in French, describes the prospect of elections slipping away as President Joseph Kabila maneuvers to extend his 16-year rule, which has given him and his coterie vast riches but done little for most ordinary citizens.

More flexibility and mobility for UN peacekeepers in DR Congo – senior official says (19.07.2017)

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is becoming more flexible and mobile, the head of that mission today said, by focusing on rapid deployment of troops and air surveillance.

Facing multiple security crises, Kabila reshuffles police (19.07.2017)

Congolese President Joseph Kabila replaced the national police chief of police and the police commander in Kinshasa as security concerns rise following his refusal to step down when his mandate expired.

2017 elections likely to worsen Congo’s political crisis (11.07.2017)

The Republic of the Congo will proceed with legislative and local elections on 16 July despite complex political and economic challenges, and an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Pool region in the south east of the country.

East Congo militia violence forces 80,000 to flee home, U.N. says (11.07.2017)

The latest fighting broke out in South Kivu province's Fizi territory, in the eastern part of the country. Government troops clashed with the National Coalition of the People for the Sovereignty of Congo (CNPSC), a new alliance of local self-defence militias.

Vote to replace Kabila 'probably not possible' in 2017 (10.07.2017)

A vote to replace President Joseph Kabila will probably not be possible this year, president of Democratic Republic of Congo's electoral commission said in a move that will violate a deal that let Kabila stay on past the end of his mandate.

Congo finds 10 more mass graves in insurgency-hit Kasai region (26.06.2017)

Congolese authorities have identified 10 more mass graves in a region where the military and militia fighters accuse each other of summary executions and burials. The 10 new graves announced by the military on Monday bring to 52 the total number of such sites found in the Kasai region since the...

UN opens international probe into alleged abuses in DR Congo's Kasai provinces (23.06.2017)

The United Nations today opened an international investigation into alleged killings, mutilations and destruction of entire villages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) restive Kasai provinces. The UN Human Rights Council, comprised of 47 countries, adopted the resolution by consensus...

Congo crisis escalates amid UN accusations (21.06.2017)

The UN accused Kabila's government of backing a militia that is killing innocent people in the troubled Kasai region. DR Congo expert Phil Clark of SOAS says the UN has limited leverage to change things on the ground.

Congolese militia is accused of atrocities (20.06.2017)

The top United Nations human rights official on Tuesday accused a militia linked to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo of atrocities, including mass killings, pregnant women cut open and infants hacked with machetes. … The large scale and horrific nature of the crimes necessitated...

Fighting kills more than 3,000 in Congo's Kasai region - Catholic church (20.06.2017)

Congolese security forces and a militia fighting them have killed at least 3,383 people in the central Kasai region since October, the Catholic church said on Tuesday, in the most detailed report to date on the violence.

Congo rejects UN-led Kasai investigation: minister (19.06.2017)

Democratic Republic of Congo's justice minister said on Monday that his government would not admit an independent investigation into violence in its Kasai region which has been called for by a top U.N. human rights official. The U.N. Human Rights Council is likely to vote this week on whether to...

African leaders say election delays spell "grave danger" for Congo (16.06.2017)

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and nine former African presidents have warned that the future of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is in "grave danger" due to the failure to organise an election to replace President Joseph Kabila.

UN rights chief seeks international inquiry into Congo massacres (09.06.2017)

Voicing concern over lack of progress on the part of Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to undertake credible investigations into widespread allegations of rights violations and abuses in the Kasai Central and Kasai Oriental provinces, the top United Nations human rights...

Congo faces U.N. deadline of June 8 for human rights probe (06.06.2017)

Congo has two days to heed U.N. calls to jointly investigate violence in Kasai province, or else it risks having an international human rights inquiry imposed upon it, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said on Tuesday.

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