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DR Congo: Security Council renews sanctions, extends mandate of expert monitoring group

The United Nations Security Council today renewed its sanctions on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to prevent the supply, sale or transfer of arms, training, and financing, to armed groups.

UN human rights office urges probe into excessive use of force in DR Congo protests

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed alarm at the apparent excessive use of force by security officers against demonstrators in Democratic Republic of the Congo cities Kinshasa and Goma, and called for “a thorough and independent investigation” into the matter.

DR Congo: Ban urges calm in Kinshasa; peacekeeping chief backs gradual drawdown of UN mission

Amid the deteriorating situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the capital, Kinshasa, is gripped by clashes between demonstrators and security forces, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today urged maximum restraint on all sides, while the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations briefed the Security Council on broader efforts to help stabilize the vast country.

DR Congo: UN Mission deplores loss of life as police, protesters clash in capital

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today condemned the deaths and injuries that occurred when protests turned violent on Monday in the streets of the country’s capital, Kinshasa.

DR Congo: UN mission chief voices ‘full solidarity’ as Government battles armed groups

The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has expressed ‘full solidarity’ and support for the country’s Government as it continues in its fight against armed groups operating in the eastern part of its territory. Updated: 16:14

Security Council calls on DR Congo leader to approve joint action to ‘neutralize’ rebels

The Security Council today called on the authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to “swiftly approve” plans to begin joint operations between the Congolese military and the United Nations peacekeeping force to “neutralize” a rebel group with a long history of heinous crimes in the eastern regions of the vast country.

In phone call with DR Congo President, Ban urges ‘decisive action’ against armed group

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a phone call with Democratic Republic of the Congo’s President, Joseph Kabila, today appealed for decisive action against the armed group FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda), after it failed to surrender on deadline.

UN Mission chief applauds joint operations against armed groups in eastern DR Congo

A joint operation by United Nations troops and the Congolese army (FARDC) took control of the main bases used by an armed group actively threatening security and stability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s long-troubled eastern region.

With no rebel surrender, UN mission in DR Congo readies military operations

With the deadline for the unconditional surrender of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) having passed on 2 January, and no significant additional surrenders of FDLR combatants registered since June, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) is working to address the situation, a UN spokesperson said today.

DR Congo: as deadline for surrender passes, UN and partners urge action against rebels

Today, as the six-month grace period for the full and unconditional surrender of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) armed group expires, the United Nations and its partners urged that “all necessary measures” be taken to disarm the rebels, who have had a long history of heinous crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).