Independent UN experts urge human rights inquiry into ‘gulags’ in DPR Korea

A group of United Nations independent human rights experts today urged an international inquiry into human rights abuses in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), where hundreds of thousands of prisoners and their families are believed to suffer in the country’s extensive political prison camp system.

DR Congo: UN mission shelters hundreds of civilians following clashes

The United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is sheltering some 400 people in what remains a tense situation following fighting between national troops and an armed group, a spokesperson for the world body said today.

UN urges long-term commitment to today's peace deal on DR Congo

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged regional African leaders to provide sustained support at the highest political and diplomatic levels to implement a newly signed United Nations-backed accord aimed at stabilizing the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

DR Congo: UN envoy warns security situation dire, urges additional resources

Ahead of a new peace deal for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to be signed this weekend, the top United Nations official there warned today that the security situation is unstable, and urged the Security Council to provide the necessary support and authorization for an additional military brigade force within the current UN peacekeeping force.

UN hopes China will exert influence on DPR Korea, says Deputy Secretary-General

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today said the United Nations hopes that China will exert its influence on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to de-escalate tensions after the recent nuclear test but was also aware of the limits of that influence.

Thousands of displaced Congolese to benefit from latest UN food distribution

The United Nations food relief agency today said it will fly in 20 metric tons of emergency food supplies to recently displaced persons in the town of Punia in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), one of the hardest areas to reach in the eastern part of the country.

Security Council and UN officials condemn DPR Korea’s nuclear test

The Security Council and top United Nations officials have strongly condemned the nuclear test carried out by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), warning that it constitutes a threat to international peace and security.