Democratic Republic of the Congo

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UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (UN-led)
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Deteriorating security situation 'a source of major concern,' warns UN envoy (21.03.2017)

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...

DR Congo forces targeting civilians, denying peacekeepers access (20.03.2017)

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.

UN officials among 6 to disappear in Democratic Republic of Congo (15.03.2017)

[…] 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.

DRC used excessive force against protesters – UN probe (01.03.2017)

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.

UN rights chief calls on Government to halt violence by security forces (20.02.2017)

“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.

DR Congo election: 'We cannot afford $1.8bn cost', says minister (16.02.2017)

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.

DRC political deal: AU, EU, UN, IOF concerned over lack of implementation (16.02.2017)

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.

Top UN peacekeeping official pushes for endorsement of DRC political accord (11.01.2017)

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.

Uganda to host military intelligence base to monitor eastern DRC (10.01.2017)

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.

UN welcomes signing of political agreement on elections in DR Congo (31.12.2016)

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.

EU slaps DR Congo officials with sanctions after anti-Kabila deaths (13.12.2016)

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 Congo tribal militia, government kill 31 (06.12.2016)

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.

Fear grows that DRC violence inevitable if Kabila stays in power (30.11.2016)

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...

UN envoy calls on political stakeholders to show flexibility to aid election process (25.11.2016)

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 president chooses new prime minister from opposition (17.11.2016)

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's Kabila shores up power base, turning up heat on international broadcasters (15.11.2016)

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.


DR Congo security forces used ‘excessive force’ against protesters, UN probe finds (21.10.2016)

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...

ICC convicts DRC's former vice president Bemba of witness tampering (19.10.2016)

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.

DR Congo – trouble in the east (19.10.2016)

As the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) says it will push back next month’s presidential election to April 2018, over 50 armed rebel groups still roam across Eastern Congo’s porous borders. Uganda’s Allied Democratic Forces represent perhaps the biggest threat to distant...

DRC opposition rejects vote delay, calls for strike (19.10.2016)

The main opposition party of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has strongly rejected a decision to push back this year's election to April 2018, calling it a "flagrant violation" of the constitution.

UN beefs up peacekeeping force in DR Congo capital (19.10.2016)

The United Nations is moving hundreds of peacekeepers from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to Kinshasa to help deal with a possible outbreak of violence over the postponement of a presidential election, UN officials said Tuesday.

Joseph Kabila party in deal to delay presidential vote (18.10.2016)

The ruling party in the Democratic Republic of Congo and one opposition faction have proposed delaying the presidential election until April 2018.

EU to ready sanctions over postponed vote and violence (17.10.2016)

The European Union will prepare economic sanctions on the Democratic Republic of Congo unless its ruling coalition, which has delayed next month’s elections, holds a fresh vote early next year, diplomats say.

Boulevard of broken dreams: the “street” and politics in DRC – ICG briefing (13.10.2016)

Angry demonstrations hit Kinshasa in September as President Kabila’s aim to stay in power beyond a 19 December constitutional deadline became clearer. Regional and international actors must use diplomatic and financial levers to bring about credible democratic elections and to reverse the DRC's...

DR Congo stability at extreme risk, UN warned (11.10.2016)

The Democratic Republic of Congo is at "extreme risk" of descending into widespread violence, the UN Security Council has been warned. UN envoy Maman Sidikou said threats to the 18,000-strong peacekeeping mission there outstripped its capabilities.

Political polarization in DRC may spark ‘large-scale violence,’ UN envoy warns (11.10.2016)

Warning of an extremely fragile political situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where “actors on all sides appear more and more willing to resort to violence to achieve their ends,” the top United Nations official in the country called today on the Security Council to urge the...

UN says it alone cannot remove South Sudanese rebels from DRC (05.10.2016)

[…] A spokesman for the mission, known as MONUSCO, said it had flown the South Sudanese to several camps in the DRC at the request of the DRC government, which later gave a deadline for their removal.

Time to act on DR Congo – France (05.10.2016)

France said on Tuesday it was time to prevent the political situation worsening in Democratic Republic of Congo and consider imposing European Union sanctions. … Speaking on TV5 Monde on Monday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Kabila should step aside and allow the election to take...

DRC deadline for removal of South Sudan fighters (04.10.2016)

The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been given a week to fly hundreds of South Sudanese fighters out of the country.

Congo commission expects presidential vote delay to December 2018 (01.10.2016)

The head of Democratic Republic of Congo's electoral commission said on Saturday that he expects the presidential election, originally scheduled for this November, to be delayed until December 2018, lawmakers present at his speech said.

US orders families of government personnel to leave troubled DRC (30.09.2016)

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning for the Democratic Republic of Congo and has ordered families of government personnel stationed there to leave.

US sanctions allies of DR Congo's President Kabila (29.09.2016)

The United States … accuses army Gen Gabriel Amisi Kumba and John Numbi, an ex-police chief, of threatening the country's stability by suppressing the opposition.

UN, AU, EU press Congolese leaders to stop political violence (25.09.2016)

The United Nations, the African Union and the European Union pressed Democratic Republic of Congo leaders on Saturday to urge their supporters to refrain from violence as the International Criminal Court prosecutor warned she was watching the situation.

UN rights experts call for immediate halt to violent repression of electoral protests in DRC (23.09.2016)

In relation to proposed presidential elections, two United Nations human rights experts today urged the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to put an immediate end to its disproportionate use of force against peaceful assembly and expression.

UN's Zeid raps Congo after at least 50 killed in protests (22.09.2016)

The UN human rights chief accused Congolese authorities on Thursday of taking an "extremely confrontational position" towards anti-government protesters and urged them to seek dialogue with the opposition.

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