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Notorious Congolese militia leader begins disarmament but demands amnesty – UN

In a hopeful development towards peace in the war-torn northeastern Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the notorious leader of the a local militia group has ordered the surrender and disarmament of 170 of his troops – including numerous children – while demanding amnesty, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country, known as MONUC, announced today.

25,000th Congolese repatriated from Tanzania, announces UN refugee agency

When she stepped off a ferry last Friday in the eastern port of Baraka in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Elizabeth Ibengo became the 25,000th refugee to be repatriated from Tanzania since the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) began a return programme in October 2005.

DR Congo: army and police continue to violate civilians’ human rights, says UN mission

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reported that the human rights situation in the country continues to deteriorate, as the army and police perpetrate acts of violence against civilians and the number of reported rapes surges.

DR Congo: UN welcomes life terms imposed on murderers of two peacekeepers

The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today welcomed the life sentences handed down by a Congolese court on four men convicted of murdering two UN military observers in 2003 as well as life terms given 13 others accused of massacring civilians last year.

As Security Council extends DR Congo mission, Ban Ki-moon focuses on mining reform

Highlighting that the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to pose “a threat to international peace and security in the region,” the Security Council today extended the UN mission in the impoverished African country for another two months.

UN refugee agency appeals for over $60 million to protect uprooted Congolese

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today launched a $62 million drive to help over a million people who have been forced to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – both those who became internally displaced and others crossing borders to surrounding countries.

UN mission reports early success in demobilization efforts in eastern DR Congo

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has reported early successes in the disarmament campaign it is carrying out around the town of Beni, close to the country’s eastern border with Uganda.

DR Congo: UN mission steps up probe in wake of recent deadly violence

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is stepping up its investigation of the situation in the country’s far west, where violent clashes last week led to the deaths of more than 130 people.

DR Congo: Ban Ki-moon, Security Council urge new Government to resolve unrest

Welcoming yesterday’s formation of the Government in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council today urged it to work immediately with the opposition to resolve the unrest in the far west of the country that led to the deaths of dozens of people last week.

UN steps up police presence in troubled province of DR Congo following violence

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has deployed an additional police unit in the troubled province of Bas-Congo, where more than 70 people were reportedly killed last week amid violent clashes following controversial local elections.