Senior UN official in DR Congo to investigate mass rape of civilians

A leading United Nations official in the fight against sexual violence during conflict began a week-long visit to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today to coordinate a response to the mass rape by rebels of more than 300 civilians two months ago in the country’s east.

UN-backed repatriation of Congolese from Zambia passes milestone

The United Nations refugee agency is preparing to close two refugee camps in Zambia as the number of Congolese who have successfully returned home in a UN-backed programme over the past three years tops 40,000.

Preliminary UN report confirms over 300 rapes by rebels in eastern DR Congo

A United Nations human rights team today confirmed that at least 303 civilians were raped over a period of four days in late July and early August in the volatile far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), warning that the total number of victims may be even higher.

DR Congo: UN steps up border patrols after reported rebel arms trafficking to Uganda

United Nations peacekeepers are patrolling the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda after reports of arms trafficking by the rebel Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) across DRC and southern Sudan.

Congolese leader calls for UN reform, including Security Council enlargement

President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today called for United Nations reform to enlarge the 15-member Security Council and strengthen the authority of the 192-member General Assembly.

DR Congo: UN mission chief concerned over violence in troubled North Kivu

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today voiced deep concern over continuing violence in the eastern province of North Kivu, where the Government is investigating a series of recent killings.

UN and DR Congo distribute identity cards to refugees to improve their rights

The United Nations refugee agency and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have launched a vast distribution of identity cards to the estimated 173,000 refugees in the country aimed at strengthening the rights of this vulnerable group.

DR Congo: UN to build safe detention facilities for women pending trial

United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are building detention facilities in the country’s troubled east to ensure that female detainees are safely and securely housed while they await trial.

UN measures to protect civilians in eastern DR Congo bearing fruit

The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today reported that an operation designed to enhance the protection of civilians in the eastern areas of the country has resulted in the arrests of some suspected human rights abusers and a return of many internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their homes.

UN-backed radio station in DR Congo recognized for courageous reporting

The United Nations-sponsored radio station based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has the largest Francophone audience in sub-Saharan Africa, is the winner of this year’s Free Media Pioneer award bestowed by the International Press Institute (IPI), it was announced today.