New accords in eastern DR Congo must aid displaced persons – UN rights official

Recent accords aimed at ending fighting in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are an opportunity to finally stop the horrific abuse of people displaced by that violence, an independent United Nations human rights official said following a 10-day visit to the troubled region.

UN probes killings by Government forces, rebels in eastern DR Congo

The United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) said today that it is investigating human rights violations committed by both Government troops and rebel groups in the eastern part of the strife-torn nation.

DR Congo: experts call for bolstered monitoring of arms shipments

The Group of Experts dealing with illegal arms flows into and around the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has called for the strengthening of the monitoring capacity of the United Nations Mission in the vast African nation.

UN refugee agency aids 55,000 Congolese returning to Katanga

The United Nations refugee agency is distributing supplies to some 55,000 displaced people who have returned to their homes in the southern province of Katanga in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Security Council extends arms embargo against militia groups in DR Congo

The Security Council today extended its arms embargo and other sanctions against militias operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) until the end of March, underlining that it remains deeply concerned about the presence of unauthorized armed groups, especially in the east of the vast and impoverished country.

DR Congo: UN envoy welcomes progress on Kivus while urging more action

The senior United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has welcomed progress in the follow-up to last month’s agreements on restoring order in the troubled Kivus, where fighting has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee in recent months.

Congolese rebel leader makes first appearance at International Criminal Court

The former Congolese rebel leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui today made his first appearance before the International Criminal Court (ICC), where he is facing nine counts of war crimes that include allegations of sexual slavery and the use of child soldiers.

Congolese officials receive UN-backed training on sex crime investigation

More than 40 military and justice officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have benefited from a United Nations-sponsored training workshop on investigating sex crimes, which are rampant in the vast African nation.

Congolese rebel leader transferred to International Criminal Court

Congolese national Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, an alleged former leader of the rebel National Integrationist Front (FNI), has been arrested and handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

UN agencies begin handing out relief in wake of deadly quake in DR Congo

United Nations humanitarian agencies have started distributing emergency relief supplies, including food, tents and surgical kits, to thousands of people living in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which was hit by a major earthquake yesterday.