DR Congo: UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict welcomes sanctioning of militia leader

The United Nations official leading efforts to combat sexual violence in conflict today welcomed the decision by a Security Council committee to place a militia leader in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) under sanctions for instigating acts of sexual assault, including mass rape, in the east of the country.

Security Council renews arms embargo and sanctions in DR Congo

The Security Council today agreed to extend by another year the arms embargo and other sanctions it has imposed against armed rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for nearly a decade.

DPR Korea must act now to end human rights violations, says UN expert

An independent United Nations expert today urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to begin carrying out steps to end human rights violations in the country, including overhauling the prison system and detention policies.

Voting in DR Congo elections relatively peaceful so far, UN says

Millions of Congolese went to the polls today to cast their votes in presidential and parliamentary elections, with senior United Nations officials urging all political parties and their supporters to ensure that the ballot is staged peacefully.

As Congolese prepare to vote, Ban calls for peaceful and secure elections

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged politicians and voters in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to ensure that tomorrow's presidential and parliamentary elections take place as peacefully and smoothly as possible.

Harvest in DPR Korea improves but serious nutrition concerns persist – UN report

A United Nations assessment published today finds that the main annual harvest in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has improved compared to last year but serious nutrition concerns persist, especially among young children.

DR Congo: UN and diplomats urge credible elections to consolidate democracy

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and members of the diplomatic corps in the country today voiced support for all Congolese as they prepare to hold presidential and legislative elections later this month.

DR Congo: ICC prosecutor warns election-related violence will not be tolerated

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said today he is following the electoral process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with “utmost vigilance,” stating that violence related to the presidential and legislative polls later this month will not be tolerated.

UN report sounds alarm over pre-election rights abuses in DR Congo

A new United Nations report details numerous human rights violations during the pre-electoral period in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and warns that such incidents could threaten the democratic process and result in post-electoral violence.

DR Congo: UN deplores poll-related violence ahead of general elections

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today voiced deep concern over increasing incidents of election-related violence and the use of inflammatory language by political leaders that has marred campaigns for presidential and legislative polls later this month.