Democratic Republic of the Congo
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UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (UN-led)
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.
Police in Kinshasa have fired teargas to disperse demonstrators calling for President Joseph Kabila to step down. Protesters have set up barricades and torched cars on one of the main roads in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, a BBC correspondent says.
Backers of Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila and part of the opposition agreed on Wednesday on the sequence of a series of upcoming elections, potentially removing a major obstacle to breaking a dangerous political impasse.
UN chief notes launch of national dialogue towards elections, urges more inclusive process (02.09.2016)
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has taken note of yesterday's launch of the national dialogue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and urged more inclusive process towards elections, his spokesman said today.
Two Hutu women were dragged out of a minibus, lynched and their bodies set on fire by a crowd in eastern Congo, the local mayor said Wednesday, as inter-ethnic tensions in the region surge in the wake of massacres that have killed hundreds of civilians.
Opponents of Congolese President Joseph Kabila began a general strike on Tuesday to demand he steps down when his mandate expires in December.
A civilian and a police officer were killed in clashes in northeast Congo on Wednesday, police said, during a protest at government failure to stop massacres of civilians by rebel groups.
Security Council strongly condemns killings in eastern DR Congo, calls for government probe (17.08.2016)
The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the 13 August killing of at least 50 civilians in a village in the restive North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), by suspected members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
Hundreds of civilians have died over the past year in inter-communal violence and a series of massacres by armed groups in Congo's North Kivu province, which borders Rwanda and Uganda.
Congo’s “Mr. X” – the man who fooled the UN (05.08.2016)
When Daniel Fahey visited eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as coordinator of the U.N.’s Group of Experts, he found a charismatic charlatan known as “Mr. X” under the protection of the U.N. …. Fahey shows how Mr. X’s story sheds light on the emerging role of intelligence in peacekeeping...
New report: “Katanga – tensions in DRC's mineral heartland” (03.08.2016)
As the regime keeps delaying an encounter with the electorate, growing tensions and state repression in Congo’s resource-rich Katanga may be the precursor of a violent escalation. Without a credible national dialogue and better working relations between the central government and new provinces, the...
Addressing his supporters in Kinshasa on Sunday, opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi reportedly said it would be “high treason” if Kabila did not launch the electoral process by September. … The 83-year-old veteran opposition leader Tshisekedi returned last week to Democratic Republic of Congo...
UN demands release of political prisoners in Congo (22.07.2016)
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called on Thursday for the release of people he considers political prisoners in Democratic Republic of Congo as the government cracks down on dissent ahead of a contentious electoral period.
Can anyone stop Joseph Kabila? (21.07.2016)
While the opposition tries to unite, the presidency seems to be working out various possible scenarios for staying in power.
In the lead up to the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) scheduled presidential election in November, the Security Council today expressed concern at the recent arrests and detention of members of political opposition and of the civil society.
Democratic Republic of Congo is unlikely to hold a presidential election as scheduled in November, the U.N. head of mission there said on Thursday, something that U.N. experts have warned could trigger violent political unrest.
DRC opposition groups agree to a national dialogue (11.07.2016)
African Union has announced that opposition groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have recognized the “need” to launch a national dialogue before the end of July.
Political crisis has put long-term stability of the DR Congo at risk, warns UN deputy chief (07.07.2016)
An inclusive and credible dialogue among Congolese stakeholders is the only realistic way to defuse political tensions, overcome the electoral impasse and prevent violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where public discontent is being fuelled by delays in the electoral process and...
Unmanned aerial systems make MONUSCO more efficient (07.07.2016)
MONUSCO’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are now in the third year of operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and their contribution to mission success is in no doubt according to Lieutenant Colonel Tony Kerbey, UAS Chief for the Mission.
Political uncertainty over Democratic Republic of Congo's next presidential election could spiral into a severe crisis and United Nations peacekeepers are developing contingency plans for widespread violence, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned.
Report of the Secretary-General on MONUSCO (28.06.2016)
DR Congo presidential hopeful sentenced to jail (22.06.2016)
Congolese presidential hopeful Moise Katumbi has been sentenced in absentia to 36 months in prison. … He had the backing of seven opposition parties to run for the presidency in elections due to be held in November.
Jean-Pierre Bemba, a former vice president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was sentenced on Tuesday by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to 18 years in jail for crimes committed by soldiers who were under his command in Central African Republic over a decade ago.
Deadly clashes hit DR Congo camp for M23 fighters (17.06.2016)
At least nine people have reportedly been killed in clashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after government soldiers prevented former rebels from leaving a camp for demobilised militia groups. The fighting erupted on Wednesday at a camp in Kamina, in the country's southeast, that houses...
Democratic Republic of Congo could descend into a cycle of electoral violence similar to that seen in Burundi and presidential and legislative polls due in November are likely to be delayed, the United Nations warned on Friday.
DRC opposition unites against President Kabila (13.06.2016)
Leading opposition parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) say they have organized themselves under one umbrella called “Rassemblement” or “Rally” to force President Joseph Kabila to leave power.
Concerned over Congolese President Joseph Kabila's apparent attempts to cling to power, U.S. officials are pushing for sanctions against his inner circle but running into opposition from European powers wary of moving too quickly.
Former rebel group M23 becomes political party (02.06.2016)
The Democratic Republic of Congo has agreed to recognise an ex-rebel movement as a political party. The now defunct M23 is branded the Alliance for the Salvation of People. … The M23 took up arms in eastern DR Congo in April 2012. … A year later, the rebels were defeated by the Congolese army and a...
Protests against Joseph Kabila turn deadly (27.05.2016)
At least one police officer and one protester have been killed as thousands of people took to the streets in nationwide protests against incumbent President Joseph Kabila in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Protests in DRC against extension for Joseph Kabila (26.05.2016)
Thousands of people have taken to the streets in nationwide protests against incumbent President Joseph Kabila in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A dissident group, the Citizen Front, had said it would hold nationwide protests on Thursday in defiance of a government ban.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed profound concern over reports of increasing political tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) linked to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the country’s electoral process.
"You won't scare us!" was how the Congolese leadership responded this week to Western threats of sanctions unless President Joseph Kabila ends his 15 years in power by holding an election on schedule in November.
A Congolese general recruited, financed and armed elements of a Ugandan Islamist group to kill civilians while he was in charge of a military operation targeting the rebels, according to a confidential report to the United Nations Security Council.
The Democratic Republic of Congo's top court says President Joseph Kabila can stay in office beyond his mandate if the presidential election is delayed. … The decision comes amid rising political tension in Congo, where opposition parties have accused President Kabila of trying to hang onto power...
Police in Democratic Republic of Congo fired tear gas on Wednesday at thousands of supporters of a leading opposition candidate for president who is being questioned over government allegations of hiring mercenaries, a Reuters witness said.
The head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has expressed serious concern about rising political tensions in some parts of the country. In a press release, MONUSCO said the situation follows the announcement by certain...
Supporters of Congo President Joseph Kabila want the country's highest court to rule on whether he would stay in power if his government fails to hold election due in November, a senior ally said on Thursday.
Tanzania says it will promptly investigate allegations that several of its troops sexually abused women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where its soldiers are UN peacekeepers.
The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for another year, warning that the humanitarian situation remains of great concern, as well as the delays in preparing for the November presidential elections.
DRC at 'critical juncture,' amid rising political tensions – UN envoy tells Security Council (23.03.2016)
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is at a critical juncture, with rising political tensions ahead of elections which could lead to violence if left unaddressed, the top United Nations official in the country warned the Security Council today, while highlighting key issues for consideration...
Congo police arrest 18 pro-democracy activists - UN (15.03.2016)
Police arrested 18 protesters on Tuesday in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo city of Goma during a peaceful demonstration over the jailing of two fellow activists, the United Nations said. Arrests of critics of President Joseph Kabila have become common in Congo amid heightened political...
Report of the Secretary-General on MONUSCO (09.03.2016)
UN to restore military cooperation in DR Congo (03.03.2016)
The United Nations will soon restore military cooperation with the Democratic Republic of Congo to help the army fight rebels in the east, a senior UN official said Wednesday. The UN peacekeeping mission in the DR Congo withdrew its support to the army's campaign in February 2015 to protest the...
In a joint press statement, the UN, the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU) and the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) underscored the necessity of an inclusive political dialogue in the DRC, as well as their commitment to support the Congolese actors towards the...
Opposition leaders in Democratic Republic of Congo called for a general strike next Tuesday to press President Joseph Kabila to step down when his mandate expires at the end of the year.
Senior US officials have warned that the Democratic Republic of Congo could be hit by violence worse than Burundi’s if President Joseph Kabila does not surrender power later this year.
At least 21 people were killed, 40 wounded and dozens of houses burned in weekend attacks aimed at Hutus in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations said on Monday, expressing alarm at rising ethnic violence.
The “cycle of misery” is continuing in eastern DRC three years after a major rebel offensive was defeated by United Nations and Government forces in North Kivu, as now, armed militia and rebel groups are again targeting the region for violence and putting thousands of civilians on the run.