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-Geführt)
Begin: 07/10

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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...

DRC-M23 peace agreement flops in Uganda (11.11.2013)

A peace agreement that was supposed be signed between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the defeated March 23(M23) rebels flopped Monday evening after the DRC delegation reportedly said it needed more time to study the peace document.

DR Congo's M23 rebel chief 'surrenders' (07.11.2013)

The commander of the M23 rebel group in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has surrendered in Uganda, sources have told the BBC. Sultani Makenga is said to have handed himself over along with hundreds of M23 fighters in the Mgahinga National Park.

Peacekeepers in Congo to focus on another rebel group (06.11.2013)

Having helped rout one powerful rebel group in the eastern part of the DR Congo, UN peacekeepers are expected to turn their attention to subduing another, diplomats said Wednesday, as the Security Council prepared to draft a statement on the next steps in that vast, mineral-rich country. … Next,...

M23 announces end to DRC rebellion (05.11.2013)

A rebel group that has fought the Democratic Republic of Congo government for more 18 months says it is laying down its arms and is ready to negotiate.

DRC army seizes Bunagana base from M23 rebels (30.10.2013)

Government forces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have captured Bunagana town, the main base of the M23 rebel group, officials say. The troops entered the town on the Ugandan border in large numbers as the rebels fled, residents told the BBC.

DRC seeks M23 rebels’ extradition from neighboring countries (30.10.2013)

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) information minister says Kinshasa is seeking the extradition of M23 rebels who fled to neighboring countries following recent clashes with the national army (FARDC).

Security Council ‘strongly condemns’ rebel attacks against UN mission in DR Congo (28.10.2013)

The Security Council today condemned “in the strongest terms” the attacks by M23 rebels against the United Nations Mission in North Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), resulting in the death of a Tanzanian peacekeeper.

Fighting erupts in Eastern Congo after collapse of peace talks (26.10.2013)

The clashes, the first in two months, come after the collapse of peace talks in Kampala between the M23 and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government.

DRC's Kabila pledges to create unity government (23.10.2013)

In a speech before parliament on Wednesday, he said the unity government "would soon be in place" and would include members of the opposition and civil society.

DRC Goma residents worry over peace talks’ suspension (22.10.2013)

Residents in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) North Kivu province fear a resumption of violent clashes following the suspension of peace talks between the government and the M23 rebels.

Attack on peacekeeping helicopter 'unacceptable,' says UN envoy (12.10.2013)

“I learned with deep concern that a MONUSCO helicopter came under direct fire from positions held by the M23 rebel movement in the Rumangabo region,” Mary Robinson, the UN Special Envoy for Africa's Great Lakes region, said in a statement.

Give them the helicopters – ISS comment (10.10.2013)

The new Intervention Brigade for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), made up essentially of South African and Tanzanian troops, has done what 17 000 peacekeepers have been unable to do for years: hit back hard against the militias and rebels who wreak havoc in the eastern DRC.

Council visiting mission to the Great Lakes (04.10.2013)

Council members began their tour of the Great Lakes when they landed in Kinshasa this evening (4 October). Over the next three days they will also be visiting Goma, Kigali and Entebbe. The final stop will be Addis Ababa for the annual consultation with the members of the AU Peace and Security...

DRC hopeful peace talks with rebels end next week (02.10.2013)

Information Minister Lambert Mende also expressed hope that the conclusion of the talks could pave way for peace, stability and the protection of lives and property in the restive parts of the North Kivu province.

Report of the Secretary-General on MONUSCO (30.09.2013)

The report also provides an update on the reconfiguration of MONUSCO and the development of the road map for the transfer of activities to the United Nations country team.

UN officials cite progress in rule of law, but also continued rights abuses in the east (25.09.2013)

Progress has been made in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in putting in place a legal regime to combat impunity for human rights violations, but the rights situation in the east of the country continues to deteriorate, according to a new United Nations report presented to the press in...

Report on the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region (24.09.2013)

The report describes recent peace and security initiatives in relation to eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

EU missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo extended (23.09.2013)

The Council today extended the two EU missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: the EU mission (EUPOL) and the EU advisory and assistance mission for security reform (EUSEC). This is the last mandate for both missions, which will hand over their activities by 30 September 2014.

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