UN peacekeeping mission in DR Congo warns M23 armed group over helicopter attacks

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today warned the 23 March Movement (M23) armed group that anyone attacking UN helicopters “will be prosecuted” as a war criminal.

Documented cases of human rights abuse emerge against M23 armed group in DR Congo

Newly documented human rights violations in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) include cases of arbitrary executions and rape – among other atrocities – by the 23 March Movement (M23) armed group, the United Nations human rights agency said today.

DR Congo: initial findings by UN confirm human rights violations amid recent violence

Preliminary findings by United Nations investigators have documented at least 126 rapes and the killing of two civilians – one a minor – during a probe into human rights violations in a part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that recently experienced a new eruption of violent clashes and civilian displacements, a UN spokesperson said today.

Situation in Kivu provinces of eastern DR Congo remains ‘tense and fragile’ – UN spokesperson

The situation on the ground in the Kivus – two provinces in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which have experienced violent clashes and civilian displacement involving armed groups over recent months – remains “tense and fragile,” a United Nations spokesperson said today.

UN chief and Security Council condemn rocket launch by DPR Korea

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council today deplored the rocket launch announced by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), calling it a clear violation of the Council’s demand that Pyongyang not conduct any launch using ballistic missile technology.

Over 600 schools looted or damaged by DR Congo violence this year – UNICEF

Some 250 schools have been occupied or looted during the recent fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), bringing the total number of schools affected by conflict this year to 600, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today.

UN official stresses civilian protection on visit to areas affected by DR Congo violence

While relief workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have scaled up assistance to those affected by the recent violence in Goma, the protection of civilians remains a major concern, said a senior United Nations official who toured the area.

DR Congo: UN peacekeeping chief presents Security Council with options after M23 withdrawal from Goma

The United Nations peacekeeping chief said today that the Security Council reacted with “considerable interest” to proposed responses to the recent violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – including one that would see a new peacekeeping force deployed there in addition to UN peacekeepers.

Situation in DR Congo’s Kivu provinces remains fragile, UN reports

The security and humanitarian situation in the Kivu provinces in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains fragile, a United Nations spokesperson said today, adding that the world body is continuing to assist the country on both fronts.

Expressing serious concern, Ban urges DPR Korea to reconsider planned rocket launch

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “seriously concerned” about the announcement of a planned rocket launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and “strongly urges” it to reconsider its decision, according to his spokesperson.