UN mission in DR of Congo condemns killing of human rights activist

The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) has strongly condemned the murder of a human rights activist in the eastern region of the country and appealed to the authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice quickly.

Annan welcomes DR of Congo's decision to disarm militia forcibly

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomes a decision by the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Transitional Government to disarm a Rwandan rebel militia on DRC territory by force after it failed to honour its pledges to disarm and return home.

More than 5,000 displaced people in eastern DR of Congo return home, UN says

With security having been re-established in a town in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) are returning home voluntarily, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

Nearly 3 million voters register in DR of Congo’s capital, UN says

Nearly 3 million people registered to vote in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, before the six-week process was completed on Sunday and the rest of the country has geared up to register for the largest elections ever assisted by the United Nations, the UN spokesman said today.

DR of Congo: UN mission plans new operation to improve conditions

The Indian Battalion of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) is planning to set up a medical camp in North Kivu as part of its "Operation Dove Flight" to improve the lot of victims of the conflict which resurged early last month.

Food aid programme for DR of Congo ex-combatants extended to June 2006, UN says

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said it will extend its operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to feed tens of thousands of former militia members being demobilized in the coming months until next June, “buying them time to get back on their feet.”

Report to Security Council says Uganda, Rwanda delay answers on DR of Congo

Faced with Rwandan and Ugandan delays in providing information on a variety of security and economic matters relating to neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations-appointed monitors have recommended that the UN Security Council extend DRC arms and other sanctions well beyond the elections scheduled to take place later this year.

DR of Congo: UN reports big increase in refugee returns from Tanzania

Facing a dramatic increase in the number of Congolese returning on their own from camps in Tanzania to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations refugee agency said today it was considering facilitating such returns by providing transportation although it still did not consider conditions suitable.

UN says renewed violence affects thousands of civilians in eastern DR of Congo

Some of the 65,000 civilians displaced in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) during renewed clashes between Government soldiers and armed militias have been slowly returning to the area since United Nations peacekeepers have been deployed there, the mission says.

UN launches new operation against Rwandan Hutu rebels in DR of Congo

Backed by air power in a major new operation code-named "Thunder Storm," United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today launched their third offensive in just over two weeks to oust Rwandan Hutu militia who daily harass local communities, burning a rebel base camp.