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UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (UN-led)
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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.

Congo opposes international probe of UN investigators' deaths (26.05.2017)

Democratic Republic of Congo opposes an international investigation into the deaths of two U.N. investigators, the foreign minister said on Thursday, amid mounting criticism of the Congolese authorities' own probe.

EU to impose sanctions on more Congo officials: diplomats (24.05.2017)

The European Union is poised to impose sanctions against more Congolese officials, sources in Brussels said, amid worsening violence in the resource-rich country since President Joseph Kabila overstayed his mandate and pushed back elections.

Security Council meets over killing of 2 UN experts in Congo (23.05.2017)

Under mounting pressure to take credible action after two United Nations experts were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations Security Council said on Tuesday that it was meeting to discuss the case.

DRC unrest killed 390 fighters, 124 troops since end March (15.05.2017)

Spiralling violence in DR Congo's central Kasai region has killed 390 tribal militia fighters and 124 government troops since the end of March, the army said Monday.

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Humanitarian situation worsens in DRC (10.05.2017)

The Kasai crisis has led to the largest population of internally displaced people in the whole of Africa as aid workers struggle to respond amid increasing violence and political instability.

Kabila names transitional government, defying main opposition (09.05.2017)

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila on Tuesday named a new transitional government, state television said, defying opponents who say he is in violation of a previous agreement.

Congo's ethnic violence displaces more than 1m people (28.04.2017)

The United Nations has issued a flash appeal of $64.5 million to provide emergency assistance over the next six months to hundreds of thousands of people uprooted by ethnic violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo's southern Kasai, Lomami and Sankuru provinces.

Congo's ruling majority and opposition sign deal amid concerns (28.04.2017)

Members of DR Congo’s ruling coalition and those of the opposition have come together to officially mark the signing of a political accord that was originally agreed on last year. … Under the deal, President Joseph Kabila would stay in power for a year. It however added that the constitution...

UN 'horrified' by video showing killing of experts in Congo (25.04.2017)

The United Nations said on Monday it was horrified by a video screened by the government of Democratic Republic of Congo that appeared to show the brutal killing of two UN investigators.

UN renews call for negotiated solution to Kasai conflict in DRC (25.04.2017)

A UN official in the Democratic Republic of Congo has repeated calls for a dialogue to end the deadly, months-long conflict in the Kasai region of the central DRC.

Refugees free UN staff held hostage in DRC camp (19.04.2017)

Unarmed South Sudanese refugees demanding to be moved to a third country had captured 16 MONUSCO staff.

Discovery of more mass graves reveal 'unfolding horror' in DR Congo – UN rights chief (19.04.2017)

Raising alarm over increasing reports of serious human rights violations in the Kasai Central and Kasai Oriental provinces of Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations human rights chief underscored that the scale and nature of the allegations could warrant an investigation by an...

New divisions threaten stability in the DRC (19.04.2017)

Two political accords and three prime ministers later, and four months after Congolese President Joseph Kabila was due to leave office at the end of his second mandate, credible elections and political stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) appear more elusive than ever.

Congo arrests two suspected of killing UN experts; one escapes (14.04.2017)

Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo arrested two suspects in last month's killing of two U.N. investigators in central Congo, but one of them escaped, the military's top prosecutor said on Friday.

Illegal armed groups pose 'persistent threat' to Africa's Great Lakes region – UN envoy (12.04.2017)

The United Nations envoy for Africa's Great Lakes region encouraged today the countries of the region, and the UN Security Council, to help strengthen the fight against illegal armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and its neighbours, particularly as elements of the former M23...

Top UN official in DRC concerned about rising number of civilian deaths in Kasai (05.04.2017)

[…] “The violence in the Kasais has already claimed the lives of possibly more than 400 civilians as well as a significant number of members of the security forces. It must stop,” said Maman S. Sidikou, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the country and the head of MONUSCO.

DR Congo President Kabila warns against foreign meddling (05.04.2017)

The Democratic Republic of Congo will not tolerate any foreign interference in the country's electoral process, President Joseph Kabila has said. He told MPs in the capital, Kinshasa, that he will name an opposition prime minister within the next 48 hours to lead the country to the polls. He has...

UN finds 13 more mass graves in Kasai region (04.04.2017)

The UN has said it has found 13 mass graves in the Democratic Republic of Congo's central Kasai province since the beginning of March. This brings the number discovered since last August to 23. The UN has been unable to examine the mass graves and cannot say if they were recently dug.

Do UN forces work closely with host country governments? Not in Congo (03.04.2017)

Last week, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, accused MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo, of “aiding a government that is inflicting predatory behavior against its own people.” … Upon closer inspection, a less harmonious picture of the relations between the Congolese...

International Court says violence in Congo may amount to war crimes (01.04.2017)

Recent acts of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including the murder of two United Nations researchers and the discovery of 23 mass graves in the Kasaï region, may constitute war crimes, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said on Friday.

Security Council extends peacekeeping mandate, but reduces troop strength (31.03.2017)

[…] In a resolution unanimously adopted, the 15-member body decided to keep the UN Organization Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) until 31 March 2018, but approved 16,215 military personnel, 660 military observers and staff officers, 391 police personnel, and 1,050 personnel of formed police units.

DRC tense as police clash with anti-Kabila protesters (29.03.2017)

Police and demonstrators battle in Kinshasa as talks between President Kabila's government and opposition fall apart.

UN experts found dead in DR Congo (29.03.2017)

Two UN experts who were missing in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been found dead, officials say. The bodies of US citizen Michael Sharp and Swedish national Zaida Catalan were discovered in the central Kasai region, a government spokesman said. They were abducted two weeks ago after going...

US Ambassador: UN aiding 'corrupt' government in Congo (29.03.2017)

[…] Haley, speaking at the Council of Foreign Relations in New York, said the U.N. peacekeeping mission is "mandated to partner with the government." "In other words, the U.N. is aiding a government that is inflicting predatory behavior against its own people. We should have the decency and common...

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