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Justice essential to breaking cycle of conflict in DR Congo, UN rights chief says

Outbreaks of bloodshed will continue to occur in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where in the past few months escalating conflict has uprooted a quarter of a million people, unless impunity is ended for those guilty of the worst violations, the top United Nations human rights official said today in Geneva.

Human rights violations spiralling out of control in DR Congo, warns UN official

The top United Nations human rights official today urged the international community to take urgent action to stop the deteriorating cycle of sexual violence, bloodshed and destruction in the war-torn eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Extra blue helmets will aid political efforts to bring peace to DR Congo – UN

The additional blue helmets that will be deployed to help quell the violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will create space for political and diplomatic peace efforts to press ahead, the top United Nations envoy to the vast African nation said today as he stressed the fragility of the situation.

New fighting in eastern DR Congo sends more civilians fleeing in panic, UN reports

Rebels in the strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) launched new military attacks today under the cover of a so-called police and pacification operation, breaking the ceasefire and exacerbating the humanitarian crisis, the United Nations mission reported today.

Ban voices outrage after murder of journalist at Congolese radio station

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his deep distress at hearing of the murder of a journalist working for a UN-sponsored radio station in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Dialogue between warring parties crucial to peace in DR Congo, says UN envoy

Encouraging dialogue between the Congolese Government and rebels is critical to securing peace in the war-torn far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the crisis and former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo said today.

Eastern DR Congo relatively calm, UN mission reports

The security situation in war-torn east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is calm, with the recent ceasefire apparently holding, the United Nations peacekeeping mission to the country reported today.

Security Council authorizes boost to UN peacekeeping force in DR Congo

The Security Council today authorized a temporary increase of more than 3,000 blue helmets serving with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to deal with the violence in the country’s east, which has displaced an estimated 250,000 civilians in recent months.

DR Congo: Ban welcomes rebel pullback and increased aid access in east

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the announcement of a military pullback by a rebel militia and the opening of humanitarian corridors to allow unfettered access to vulnerable people in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where recent conflict has uprooted a quarter of a million people.

Top UN envoy voices hope for additional troops in volatile eastern DR Congo

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is increasing its food distributions in the war-ravaged east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in a bid to reach almost 100,000 people uprooted by the conflict.