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DR Congo: Security Council welcomes peace deal between Government, rebels

Welcoming the peace agreement between the Government and armed groups in the violence-torn eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Security Council today urged all sides to respect the ceasefire and other agreements reached “in good faith.”

UN expert urges action to help women victims of violence in DR Congo

An independent United Nations expert today called for international action to help women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who have been victimized by violence, including sexual abuse and rape, perpetrated by both militia and Government troops and fostered by a culture of impunity.

UN-backed peace summit in DR Congo ends with possible deal in reach

The United Nations-backed peace summit in the war-torn eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reportedly ended today, with delegates said to be hammering out a final agreement between the Government and various armed groups.

UN-backed summit in DR Congo discusses amnesty for dissident general

Delegates at the United Nations-backed conference aimed at bringing peace, security and development to the strife-torn eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have discussed the possibility of amnesty for certain belligerents, including dissident General Laurent Nkunda.

Over 500,000 people displaced in DR Congo last year, says UN

More than a half a million people have been displaced in the past 12 months in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), mainly due to fighting between Government and rebel groups in the country’s volatile northeast, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

New UN envoy meets with DR Congo President, officials

Alan Doss, the new United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has met with the country’s President and other officials on issues of peace, security and development in the strife-torn nation.

New UN envoy to DR Congo takes up duties

Alan Doss, the new top United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has taken up his duties in the vast African nation.

UN-backed peace summit begins in volatile eastern DR Congo

A United Nations-supported conference aimed at bringing peace, security and development to the strife-torn eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is underway in North Kivu province, where fighting has uprooted hundreds of thousands of people in the past year.

DR Congo: UN-backed campaign urges Kivu armed groups to surrender

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is assisting the Government in a new sensitization campaign encouraging all remaining armed groups in North and South Kivu provinces – where fighting has escalated in recent months leading to a dire humanitarian situation – to surrender.

Serious rights abuses committed during March 2007 clashes in DR Congo – UN

An investigation by the United Nations human rights office has found that serious abuses – including the use of excessive force, illegal detentions and summary executions – took place during clashes between Government forces and guards of former Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa last March.