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Political progress is made in the DR of Congo, but human rights respect lags, UN says

Political and peace-building progress has been made in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), but "establishing respect for human rights remains a major challenge," as massacres and rapes continue, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report released today.

UN Mission in DR of Congo gives logistical support to demobilization

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has given logistical support to the demobilization of 2,000 Mayi-Mayi militia, 700 of whom wish to return to civilian life and the rest to be integrated into the DRC's national military forces.

DR of Congo: UN mission chief holds talks on repatriating Rwandan fighters

The head of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) is in Rwanda today holding talks about the repatriation of Rwandan combatants currently in the DRC.

Security Council condemns exploitation of natural resources in DR of Congo

The United Nations Security Council today condemned the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Chief of UN mission for DR of Congo calls on Rwandan President

The head of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda reviewed the process of normalizing diplomatic relations between the two countries at a meeting in the Rwandan capital today, the Mission said.

UN relief official sees security improvement in crisis-ridden eastern DR of Congo

The United Nations coordinator of humanitarian aid arrived in the town of Baraka in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo to greetings from a huge crowd, a sign that security has improved significantly in the area, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

UN relief official in DR of Congo to visit world's greatest humanitarian crisis

A senior United Nations official charged with coordinating humanitarian assistance arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) capital today on his way to the country's eastern region to visit the world's biggest humanitarian crisis.

UN peacekeepers involved in armed clashes with militias in DR of Congo

United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were involved in several armed confrontations over the weekend with members of a number of militias in the eastern town of Bunia, scene of fierce fighting between rival rebel factions earlier this year.

DR of Congo presents frightening picture of human rights abuses - UN expert

Genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) "create a frightening picture of one of the most serious human rights situations in the world," according to a report to the United Nations General Assembly.

Shooting at UN troops in DR of Congo wounds one peacekeeper

United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) "vigorously responded" to attacks on blue helmet troops last night, kicking off a prolonged firefight in which one UN soldier was lightly wounded, according to a dispatch released today from Kinshasa.