Democratic Republic of the Congo
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UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (UN-led)
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.
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.
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.
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...
[…] “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.
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.
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...
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.
[…] 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.
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...
[…] 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...
A political deal signed on New Year's Eve that was supposed to clear the way for elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the departure of President Joseph Kabila could be on the brink of collapse. At a news conference Tuesday in Kinshasa, Jean-Marc Kabund, secretary-general of the...
The United States wants to cut by a quarter the troop cap for the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo, said diplomats, despite warnings by France and others against drastic changes to the world body's largest and most expensive operation. The mandate for the $1.2 billion...
The United Nations envoy for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today stressed the need for both the Government and the opposition groups there to show the same level of commitment and compromise which led to the signing on 31 December of an agreement on the electoral process, while also...
Government forces have targeted civilians, including women and children, resulting in numerous deaths in central Congo this week and are restricting United Nations peacekeepers' access to the area, the country's UN mission said on Saturday.
[…] The officials, who are in Congo as part of a peacekeeping mission, had traveled to Kasai to investigate possible human rights violations after reports that government soldiers there had killed at least a dozen unarmed civilians, including children.
Report of the Secretary-General on MONUSCO (10.03.2017)
Defence and security forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) used excessive, disproportionate and at times lethal force to prevent and contain demonstrations in December 2016, in violation of international human rights law and standards, a UN report has found.
“It is time to stop a blunt military response that does nothing to tackle the root causes of the conflict between the Government and local militias but instead targets civilians on the basis of their presumed links to the militias,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.
The Democratic Republic of Congo will not be able to afford an agreed presidential election this year, the government says. … The electoral commission said last November that it needed at least until July 2017 to register more than 30 million voters in a country similar in size to Western Europe.
In a joint statement issued today, the ‘partner organizations said they ‘‘are increasingly concerned by the continuing impasse in the dialogue among the political stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) related to the implementation modalities of the 31 December political...
UN: Soldiers kill 101 in clashes with Kamwina Nsapu (15.02.2017)
Soldiers targeting the Kamwina Nsapu group in central Democratic Republic of Congo killed at least 101 people over five days in February, the UN said. At least 39 women were among the victims killed amid the violence between February 9 and 13, the UN's human rights spokeswoman Liz Throssell said.
UN: DRC rights abuses spike (25.01.2017)
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations says it recorded a significant increase in the number of human rights violations committed over the past year, and that state security forces were the main perpetrators.
Addressing the Security Council, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations today urged the international community to push for a swift endorsement of the so-called 31 December political accord in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and to put in place a transitional government of...
DRC political talks enter scond phase (11.01.2017)
The second phase of political talks about how to implement a New Year's Eve deal on the transfer of power has begun in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. If applied, the agreement will pave the way for the departure of President Joseph Kabila and elections this year.
Countries in the Great Lakes Region will at the end of January set up a military intelligence base in Kasese, Uganda, to monitor "negative forces" in eastern Congo.
Kabila to step down after elections in new deal (31.12.2016)
Agreement reached by Congolese political parties aims to have transitional government in place by March next year.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the signing today in Kinshasa, by the opposition and the Majorité présidentielle, of a political agreement on the holding of elections in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and transitional arrangements leading up to the polls.
The EU yesterday (12 December) imposed sanctions against seven top DR Congo security officials for their role in deadly clashes with protesters against President Joseph Kabila. More than 50 people died in the September violence and European Union foreign ministers had warned in October they would...
US envoy hopes for last-minute political deal in DRC (06.12.2016)
[…] The U.S. government and others in the international community support the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), the influential body which represents the Catholic Church and has been working to find a compromise.
Clashes between a tribal militia and security forces in a province of central Congo killed at least 31 people at the weekend, its vice governor said on Monday.
Joseph Kabila's second and last term as president of Democratic Republic of Congo comes to an end December 19. However, a court ruling states he could remain in power since elections were not held in November to determine his successor.
Dozens massacred in DRC ethnic violence (27.11.2016)
At least 30 civilians were killed Sunday in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo village of Luhanga. Most of those slain were Hutus, and local officials said an ethnic Nande militia was behind the killings, which are the latest in a year-long cycle of violence between the two ethnic communities...
Wrapping up a visit to Africa’s Great Lakes region, a United Nations envoy today urged stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) electoral process to do more to help ensure the country is able to hold peaceful elections.
UN preparing for crisis in DRC (22.11.2016)
The United Nations is making contingency plans to respond to a sudden increase in humanitarian needs should the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s political situation turn violent. … The U.N. has 20,000 peacekeepers in the country’s volatile east and has been conducting military contingency...
Congo's president has chosen a new prime minister from an opposition party as part of his plan to create a coalition government instead of holding elections before the end of the year.
DRC leader warns against foreign "interference" (16.11.2016)
Congolese President Joseph Kabila warned against foreign "interference" in the country's political crisis, in an address to parliament in which he also promised elections, without saying when they would be held.
DRC President Joseph Kabila was set to address parliament one day after the prime minister and the cabinet stepped down in a deal over delaying elections. There are to be new restrictions on foreign broadcasters.
DRC prime minister resigns (14.11.2016)
Augustin Matata Ponyo said on Monday he had resigned as prime minister of Democratic Republic of Congo in line with a political deal that extends Joseph Kabila's tenure as president.
Seventeen arrested for protesting election delay (27.10.2016)
Police in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo arrested at least 17 democracy activists this week for campaigning against the postponement of the presidential election, fellow activists said, though 11 had been freed by Wednesday evening.
DRC to remain 'unstable and violent' (27.10.2016)
A regional summit on peace and security in the DRC has just ended without major progress towards peace in eastern Congo. Congo expert Phil Clarke fears that more violence may follow.
State agents, such as police and armed forces, used excessive – including lethal – force during demonstrations in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), last month, when at least 53 people were killed over two days, 143 injured and more than 299 unlawfully arrested, a...
The International Criminal Court has found Jean-Pierre Bemba and several members of his legal team guilty of bribing witnesses during his ICC war crimes trial. It was the first such case in the court's history.