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DR Congo: UN report deplores excessive use of deadly force, impunity in poll clashes

While both the security forces and protestors claiming electoral fraud shared responsibility for deadly violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) earlier this year, the high death toll pointed to an excessive use of lethal force by the army and police, who are now enjoying impunity, the United Nations reported today.

Security Council urges political solution to crisis in eastern DR Congo

The United Nations Security Council today urged key players to seek a political solution to the ongoing crisis in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where insecurity has led to the displacement of some 700,000 people.

Secretary-General calls for action to resolve crisis in eastern DR Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for action to resolve the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) volatile eastern region, where some 700,000 people have been internally displaced.

DR Congo: UN official urges political solution to mitigate tensions in east

The United Nations top peacekeeping official today appealed for a political – and not a military – solution to diffuse tensions in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

UN agencies warn of looming disaster as tensions rise in eastern DR Congo

United Nations agencies have begun assisting more than 10,000 people who have recently fled fighting, pillaging, rape and other atrocities in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), while warning that the situation could worsen amid military manoeuvres that threaten even greater instability.

UN sends team to DR Congo to probe allegations of misconduct by peacekeepers

The United Nations announced today that it is sending a management audit team to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) this weekend in response to allegations of misconduct by troops serving with the world body’s peacekeeping operation there.

DR Congo: UN envoy deplores murder of politician in volatile east

The senior United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has condemned yesterday’s murder of a local politician in the far east of the country, saying it seems to be part of an emerging pattern of assassinations of political and business leaders in that region of the vast nation.

DR Congo: UN’s top rights official concerned at acquittals in military trial

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today voiced concern at the recent decision by a military court in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to acquit all defendants of killings, torture and other abuses that occurred during an operation by the country’s armed forces.

Ex-militia members in DR Congo’s Ituri district to begin demobilizing – UN

The disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme for former members of three militia groups in the volatile Ituri district of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will start next week, the United Nations peacekeeping mission to the country (MONUC) has announced.