DR Congo: Annan condemns attack on Nepalese peacekeepers

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned a recent fatal attack on Nepalese United Nations peacekeepers serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and urged the release of those detained after a confrontation with armed militias.

UN peacekeeper in DR of Congo killed, bringing five-year total to 74

The United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) is searching for seven of their colleagues who disappeared during a confrontation between armed militias and UN-backed soldiers from the national army, which also left one UN peacekeeper dead and brought the six-year peacekeeping death toll to 74.

UN peacekeepers back Congolese soldiers in drive to disarm irregulars

In the run-up to the elections scheduled for 30 July in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations peacekeepers have been backing the national armed forces as they have fought to expel irregular armed groups from Ituri district and the two Kivu provinces over the past week, the UN mission there said.

UN mission reports dozens of crimes by DR of Congo’s soldiers

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s own soldiers were responsible for the majority of the nearly seven dozen complaints of crimes and human rights violations under investigation by the United Nations mission (MONUC) for the last two months, according to a new report.

DR of Congo emergency costs 1,200 lives a day, UN refugee agency chief says

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres has appealed urgently for resources for the desperately under-funded emergency in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he said continuing conflicts in parts of the central African country were taking more lives than did the Indian Ocean tsunami.

DR of Congo: UN trains army officers on humanitarian principles

The United Nations today announced that it has completed training 45 officers of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) in the eastern town of Bunia, Ituri Province, on humanitarian principles and the protection of civilians.

DR of Congo: militia group comes forward to enter disarmament process

A group of around 250 members of a renegade militia in the troubled Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have come forward to enter the country’s disarmament and reintegration process, the United Nations mission in the country (MONUC) said today.

DR of Congo: New UN report documents abuses by police and army troops

Although large-scale human rights violations decreased in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from April to December 2005 compared with 2004, there was an increase in individual cases of summary executions, torture, rape and other serious abuses by police and army troops, according to the latest United Nations update on the issue.

DR of Congo: UN food drops reach some, but many more missing out due to lack of funds

Although United Nations-sponsored airdrops into the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) violence-wracked Katanga province have provided enough food for some 34,700 displaced people, a severe lack of funds is preventing a quarter of a million others from being reached, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported today.

Worsening humanitarian situation in DR Congo stretches UN aid resources

In an alarming indication of the worsening humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the United Nations aided 120,000 new internally displaced persons (IDPs) per month with its Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) in the first quarter of 2006, a monthly increase of 250 per cent over the 2005 average.