During visit, Security Council members meet leaders of Africa’s Great Lakes countries

As part of an official visit to countries in Africa’s Great Lakes region, the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council have over the past few days met with various heads of State to discuss the implementation of the broad based peace accord agreed earlier this year.

DR Congo: UN envoy voices concern at escape of two convicted army officers

The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Saturday voiced deep concern at the escape from prison of two national army officers who were convicted of gross human rights violations, including rape and murder.

Ban offers condolences after death of UN peacekeeper wounded in DR Congo attack

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his condolences following the death of a United Nations peacekeeper who was wounded last month during clashes in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

DR Congo: UN officials cite progress in rule of law, but also continued rights abuses in the east

Progress has been made in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in putting in place a legal regime to combat impunity for human rights violations, but the rights situation in the east of the country continues to deteriorate, according to a new United Nations report presented to the press in Kinshasa today.

All parties in Africa’s Great Lakes region must cooperate to ensure peace gains, urges UN envoy

A top United Nations official focusing on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today highlighted the need for continued regional cooperation to ensure implementation of a Great Lakes peace accord and to combat the activities of all armed groups that have violated the rights of civilians throughout the region.

UN agency seeks additional $21 million to assist Congolese refugees in Uganda

The United Nations refugee agency said today it is seeking an extra $21.4 million to assist civilians who have fled the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and are taking refuge in neighbouring Uganda.

80,000 people displaced by fresh fighting in DR Congo over past month

Some 80,000 people have been driven from their homes in a new outbreak of violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the past month following repeated clashes between the national army and rebels, the United Nations reported today.

‘Unspeakable atrocities’ reported by UN-mandated human rights inquiry on DPR Korea

The head of the United Nations-appointed inquiry into human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) reported today that testimony heard so far by his team pointed to widespread and serious abuses, including abductions and torture, as well as “unspeakable atrocities” in detention camps.

UN refugee agency awards Congolese nun with world’s top refugee honour

A Congolese nun known as ‘mother’ by women and girls displaced and abused by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is being honoured with a top prize from the United Nations refugee agency, it was announced today.

UN missions in Africa making progress on new challenges, says UN peacekeeping chief

The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations today highlighted the important progress being made since the beginning of the year on tackling major challenges in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mali, Sudan and South Sudan.