UN humanitarian chief arrives in DR Congo to review aid requirements

The United Nations humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today for a two-day visit during which she will travel to two of the country’s regions most affected by conflict – the provinces of North Kivu and Orientale in the north-east.

UNICEF chief urges better protection from violence for DR Congo’s children

The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today condemned violence against children in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where youngsters face multiple challenges, including sexual abuse, conscription into armed groups and lack of education and health services.

DR Congo: UN alarmed by upsurge of attacks against civilians by LRA insurgents

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced alarm at a fresh upsurge of violence against civilians in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by an armed rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), saying dozens have been killed and thousands forced to flee their homes.

DR Congo: rebel leader abandons armed group under UN demobilisation scheme

The United Nations peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today reported that a senior member of one of the most troublesome armed groups in the eastern region of the country has turned himself in under the demobilisation programme run by the mission.

Progress on DR Congo’s path to stability, but shortfalls hamper efforts – UN envoy

United Nations peacekeepers are making “important headway” on the difficult road towards bringing stability to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), but shortfalls in funds and military equipment are constraining their efforts, a top official said today.

DR Congo: UN peacekeepers rescue kidnapped police

United Nations peacekeepers in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have rescued six national police officers kidnapped by rebels without paying a ransom or firing a shot, relying on diplomacy and their superior numbers.

Independent UN expert urges DPR Korea to resolve abduction of Japanese citizens

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged authorities in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to resolve the issue of abducted Japanese citizens, saying the long-standing kidnappings were a matter of concern to the international community.

Number of alleged rapes in DR Congo over New Year period rises – UN

Army soldiers allegedly raped at least 67 women over the New Year period in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), more than double the number originally thought, United Nations human rights investigators have found.

DR Congo: authorities arrest army commander linked to alleged rapes, UN reports

The authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have arrested the commander of national army soldiers who allegedly went on a rape and looting spree on New Year’s Day in the eastern part of the country, the United Nations peacekeeping mission said today.

DR Congo: UN calls for ouster of commanders of army unit involved in alleged rapes

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has called for the removal of the commander and deputy commander of a national army unit whose troops were involved in alleged rapes in the eastern part of the country.