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-led)
Begin: 07/10

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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.

Ban ‘profoundly concerned’ over reports of rising political tensions (25.05.2016)

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.


Congo's president shows would-be successor who is in charge (19.05.2016)

"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.

UN experts accuse Congo general of aiding attacks on civilians (15.05.2016)

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.

DRC court: Kabila's mandate can be extended if no vote (11.05.2016)

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...

Congo police fire tear gas at supporters of opposition leader (11.05.2016)

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.

UN envoy expresses 'serious concern' over rising political tensions (23.04.2016)

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...

Congo MPs want court ruling on Kabila's future if polls not held (14.04.2016)

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 to investigate possible abuse by its peacekeepers in DRC (05.04.2016)

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.

Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in DR Congo (30.03.2016)

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...

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...

UN and partners to closely coordinate efforts ahead of DR Congo elections (17.02.2016)

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...

DR Congo opposition calls for general strike to make Kabila stand down (11.02.2016)

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.

US officials warn of chaos in DRC if President Kabila declines to surrender power (11.02.2016)

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 Hutus killed in 'alarming' east Congo violence: UN (09.02.2016)

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.

'Waves of violence' by rebels in eastern DR Congo forces thousands to flee – UN (29.01.2016)

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.

Peacekeepers, Congo army to resume joint fight against Rwandan rebels: UN (29.01.2016)

Democratic Republic of Congo's army and U.N. peacekeepers agreed on Thursday to resume military cooperation against Rwandan Hutu rebels, the U.N. mission said, beefing up efforts to root out one of the region's most notorious rebel groups.

Congo opposition to hold rallies to raise pressure on Kabila (09.01.2016)

Opposition parties in Democratic Republic of Congo said on Friday they would stage rallies to put pressure on President Joseph Kabila to step down when his mandate expires at the end of the year.

DR Congo to release 2,000 prisoners in January: government (06.01.2016)

Democratic Republic of Congo will release about 2,000 prisoners this month in a bid to calm political tension at the start of an election year and reduce overcrowding in jails, the justice minister said on Tuesday.

UN eyes further troop cut to DRC mission (05.01.2016)

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is recommending that 1 700 troops be cut from the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the second drawdown in two years.

South African special forces commander appointed to lead UN troops in DR Congo (29.12.2015)

Lieutenant General Derick Mbuyiselo Mgwebi, who has over 35 years of national and international military experience and served as Force Commander of the UN Operation in Burundi (ONUB) from 2007 to 2011, succeeds Lieutenant General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz of Brazil as Force Commander of the...

Congo mulls guarantees to persuade Kabila to quit power (16.12.2015)

The parliament of Democratic Republic of Congo is considering offering additional protection from prosecution to former leaders, a move aimed at encouraging President Joseph Kabila not to try to stay in power when his final term ends next year.

UN report accuses security forces of summary executions ahead of elections (08.12.2015)

Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have used summary executions,death threats and arbitrary arrests against the opposition, media and civil society since the start of the year and ahead of key elections, according to a United Nations report issued today.

UN helicopters launch strikes against Congo rebels after deadly raid (01.12.2015)

UN helicopters launched strikes against Ugandan rebels near the northeastern border of Democratic Republic of Congo in response to attacks this weekend that killed dozens of people, the force's top general said Tuesday. … UN forces were in "total cooperation" with the Congolese army and additional...

DR Congo raid by Ugandan Islamist rebel group 'kills 24' (30.11.2015)

At least 24 people have died in a town in the east of the Democratic Republic Congo after a rebel attack, the Congolese army says. Seven civilians, one UN peacekeeper and four soldiers are among the dead, the army says. UN General Jean Baillaud said it was suspected that the attack was carried out...

Congo president urges national dialogue before elections (28.11.2015)

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila made a long-anticipated public call on Saturday for a national dialogue to prepare for elections next year, an idea regarded with suspicion by his opponents. A successful presidential election in 2016 would mark Congo's first-ever peaceful...

The landscape of armed groups in the eastern Congo (26.11.2015)

Two years ago, Congolese armed forces celebrated a historic victory against the M23 rebellion, raising hopes that the cycle of violence in the eastern Congo was petering out. Today, however, disappointment has set it. At least seventy armed groups are active in the eastern Congo, and approximately...

Catholic bishops urge Congolese to can Kabila (26.11.2015)

Democratic Republic of Congo's powerful Catholic church called on citizens on Thursday to defy any attempt by President Joseph Kabila to hold on to power beyond the end of his term next year.

South Africa sacks UN Congo peacekeepers over curfew breach (19.11.2015)

South Africa's military said it dismissed 47 peacekeepers serving in the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo for violating curfew.

Doubts plague Congo’s latest demobilisation programme (12.11.2015)

A major new attempt to return thousands of rebel fighters to civilian life in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been beset by delays and is still threatened by funding constraints and continuing insecurity, according to analysts, who also point to broader governance problems.

Security Council calls for total neutralization of foreign, local armed groups in east (09.11.2015)

The United Nations Security Council today called for the elimination of local and foreign armed groups which have for decades devastated the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and urged the immediate resumption of joint operations between the UN peacekeeping force’s...

Fourteen kidnapped aid workers released in eastern Congo (03.11.2015)

Fourteen aid workers kidnapped two days ago by unidentified assailants in the eastern Rutshuru region of Democratic Republic of Congo have been released, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Congo polls must be delayed '2-4 years': ruling coalition spokesman (31.10.2015)

Democratic Republic of Congo is not ready for a series of elections, including a presidential vote, scheduled over the next year and the voting calendar should be pushed back by up to four years, a ruling coalition spokesman said on Saturday.

L’UCL préconise l’organisation simultanée de la présidentielle, des législatives et des provinciales (26.10.2015)

Parti politique de la Majorité présidentielle, l’Union des Congolais pour la Liberté (UCL) préconise la tenue groupée de la présidentielle, des législatives et des provinciales. La Ceni a fixé la présidentielle et les législatives en novembre 2016. … Les membres de l'UCL ont constaté … que les...

Interview with Martin Kobler: 'Peacekeeping missions are aspirin, what we need is antibiotics' (19.10.2015)

The United Nations (UN) Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Martin Kobler, stepped down from his position at the end of last month. The PSC Report asked him about his term at the helm of one of the world’s biggest peacekeeping missions, the UN Mission for the...

DRC electoral body pleads lack of funds (13.10.2015)

A leaked letter from the Democratic Republic of Congo's electoral commission says the commission has not received the funding it was allocated for upcoming elections, holding up preparations for the vote. … Opponents of President Joseph Kabila have expressed concern that he wants to postpone next...

Ban appoints new head of UN mission in DR Congo (08.10.2015)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Maman S. Sidikou of Niger as his new Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Head of MONUSCO. … Mr. Sidikou is currently serving as the African Union (AU) Special Representative for Somalia and Head of...

Political tensions ‘running high’ ahead of 2016 elections, UN officials warn (07.10.2015)

The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) told the UN Security Council today that he cannot say with certainty whether the progress attained in the country is sustainable, or whether violence will erupt again and reverse what has been achieved so far.

Elections en RDC: Martin Kobler «a confiance, parce qu’on a le temps» (24.09.2015)

Le chef de la mission de l'Onu en République démocratique du Congo, Martin Kobler, est sur le point de quitter le pays. Avant son départ, le diplomate onusien a voulu délivrer un message d'espoir concernant la tenue de la présidentielle en 2016. Pour lui, il n'est pas l’heure de parler de...

South African troops pulled out of DRC for violations (24.09.2015)

Fifty soldiers to face court martial for breaking curfew and compromising security of other African troops.

DR Congo president sacks rebel party chiefs from government (17.09.2015)

The Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila on Wednesday sacked two party leaders from government roles after they published an open letter warning him against any attempt to cling to power.

UN: rights violations rise in DRC ahead of elections (09.09.2015)

The United Nations said Wednesday that human rights violations by authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo were escalating ahead of a round of elections during which President Joseph Kabila is set to step down.

DRC court orders review of election schedule (08.09.2015)

Democratic Republic of Congo's highest court on Tuesday told election authorities to take a fresh look at the country's voting timetable, raising the prospect of a delay that would enable President Joseph Kabila to stay in office beyond 2016.

Militia leader surrenders to UN Mission in DR Congo (02.09.2015)

The leader of Raia Mutomboki militia Ngoa Bisire and four of his family members over the weekend surrendered to the UN Mission for Stabilization of Congo (MONUSCO) in North Kivu province, an official source said Monday. … They were transferred to MONUSCO's Demobilization, Disarmament, Reintegration...

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