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UN reports gross rights abuses in DR Congo, including systematic rape

The United Nations humanitarian office today deplored the continuing and systematic abduction of girls and women in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and it appealed urgently for funds to replace $1.5 million in humanitarian supplies grabbed by looters during military and civilian demonstrations.

Number of Congolese fleeing to Burundi jumps to 31,000, UN reports

Fear of renewed fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has brought the number of refugees in Burundi to 31,000 today from an estimated 25,000 just four days ago, but the deployment of DRC troops along the border area may have discouraged major cross-border movement, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

UN Security Council warns against belligerence in eastern DR of Congo

Condemning "in the strongest terms" any outside involvement in the volatile situation in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations Security Council today urged Secretary-General Kofi Annan to determine whether the UN mission there needs "a possible rapid reaction capability."

DR Congo has 20,000 troops in volatile east, UN mission says

With mutineer-led insurgent fighters still present in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the transitional government has built up its own force of 20,000 troops in the area, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Great Lakes country said today.

DR of Congo refugees in Burundi now number 25,000, UN agency says

Conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has led to a refugee flood of 25,000 into neighbouring Burundi, an increase of 8,000 since Tuesday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

Annan issues fresh warning about tension, instability in DR of Congo

Voicing concern at the continuing instability and tension in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), especially in the eastern city of Bukavu, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged all parties to respect and uphold the country’s fragile peace process.

No genocide took place in eastern DR of Congo, UN mission says

A human rights team from the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sent to investigate allegations of rights violations in the eastern part of the country said today, contrary to claims by a dissident general from the national army, that no genocide took place there.

Eastern DR of Congo calm but volatile as dissidents discuss pull-back, UN says

The situation in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was relatively calm but volatile as dissident leaders met with United Nations representatives today to discuss withdrawing the forces that seized control of the town of Bukavu yesterday, a UN spokesman said.

Rebels take Bukavu in eastern DR of Congo, protesters target UN

The town of Bukavu in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) fell to dissident forces today, while troops from the national army either fled or sought sanctuary among troops serving with the United Nations peacekeeping force (MONUC) and looters ransacked UN premises.