DR Congo: UN reports clashes and abuses in east despite overall calm

Certain army elements in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continue to harass and terrorize civilians in the east of the vast country while renegade forces who refuse to join in the demobilization and reintegration process have engaged in rape and other “intolerable violations,” the United Nations mission reported today.

UN official hails international court’s decision to try Congolese militia leader

The top United Nations official dealing with children and armed conflict today welcomed a ruling by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to try Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo for war crimes involving recruiting children as soldiers, in what would be the Hague-based court’s first trial.

In DR Congo, Ban Ki-moon pledges continued UN support to consolidate peace

The United Nations will stand by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as it consolidates peace, but ultimately future stability lies in the hands of the Congolese people, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told parliamentarians in the capital, Kinshasa.

Voluntary return of Congolese refugees from Zambia will start in April, says UN

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today that the voluntary repatriation of up to 40,000 Congolese from neighbouring Zambia will begin at the start of April after the end of the current rainy season.

Stability in DR Congo will benefit whole of Africa; global commitment still needed: UN

While stressing the importance of last year’s historic elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the first held there in more than 40 years, two top United Nations officials today told the Security Council that continued international involvement is crucial to stability not only in the massive country but for the whole region.