Security Council approves intervention force to target armed groups in DR Congo

The Security Council today authorized the deployment of an intervention brigade within the current United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to address imminent threats to peace and security.

Congolese rebel leader makes initial appearance before International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court (ICC) set 23 September as the start date for the confirmation of charges hearing for Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda, who made his first appearance before the tribunal today.

Ban and officials from DR Congo discuss fragile security situation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today discussed the fragile security and humanitarian situation in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in a meeting with the country’s Foreign Minister, Raymond Tshibanda N'tungamulongo.

DR Congo: UN peacekeepers transfer rebels to authorities after peaceful surrender

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today transferred hundreds of Mayi-Mayi combatants to Kinshasa after the rebels turned over their weapons to the peacekeepers this weekend and took part in UN-led mediation.

Top UN human rights official welcomes inquiry into abuses in DPR Korea

A senior United Nations official has welcomed the establishment by the Human Rights Council of a commission of inquiry into alleged abuses in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), one of several decisions taken by the 47-member body as it wrapped up its current session.

UN officials welcome surrender of wanted Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda

United Nations officials today welcomed the surrender of rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda, who is wanted by an international court for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), including recruiting children, murder and rape.

Former Irish leader Mary Robinson appointed UN envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes region

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of former Irish president Mary Robinson as the new Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa.

External aid essential for subsistence of millions in DPR Korea – UN official

The well-being of millions of people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) still depends on external assistance, a United Nations humanitarian official said today, warning that without aid, their health and food security would be seriously compromised.

Deaths in DR Congo detention centres doubled in 2012, says UN report

A United Nations report released today shows that the number of deaths in detention in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) nearly doubled in 2012, and the conditions in which prisoners live remain extremely poor in the majority of the detention centres.

UN confirms death of four crew members in helicopter accident in eastern DR Congo

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today confirmed the death of four crew members on board one of its helicopters that crashed on Saturday in the eastern province of South Kivu.