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Team from International Criminal Court finishes first trip to DR Congo – UN

A team of experts from the International Criminal Court (ICC) today concluded a five-day visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) aimed at promoting cooperation as the judicial body prepares to investigate events in the war-ravaged country over the past two years, a United Nations spokesperson reported today.

Security Council extends UN peacekeeping mission in DR Congo until October

With the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) posing a threat to international peace and security in the region, the United Nations Security Council today extended the peacekeeping mission in the Great Lakes country until the beginning of October.

Burkina Faso lawyer named UN independent human rights expert for DR Congo

Burkina Faso lawyer and ethnologist Titinga Frédéric Pacéré has been appointed the United Nations Independent Expert to report on the human rights situation in the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

International Criminal Court arrives in DR Congo to start probe, UN says

Officials from the International Criminal Court (ICC) have arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for their first investigation into serious violations of international law allegedly committed in the Great Lakes country in the past two years, a United Nations spokeswoman said today.

Security Council reaffirms arms embargo in new resolution on DR of Congo

The United Nations Security Council today renewed its arms embargo against irregular forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) until July of next year "in light of the failure by the parties to comply" with previous demands and it called for the re-establishment of an expert group to analyze any further violations.

UN experts find broad Rwandan involvement in eastern DR of Congo conflict

A United Nations expert Group investigating the weapons embargo against militias in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has found that Rwanda supported dissident military leaders in the area and violated the ban directly and indirectly.

UN condemns fighting in eastern DR Congo

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has condemned the continued fighting which recently claimed nearly 50 lives in the troubled eastern region of the country.

Flow of refugees from DR of Congo to Burundi slows, UN agency says

The flow of refugees from the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into Burundi has slowed considerably and some Congolese have gone back home without official help, but the area has not calmed down sufficiently to make "facilitated repatriation" advisable, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Hundreds of refugees return to assess home villages in DR of Congo – UN agency

Hundreds of refugees from the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been returning to their villages from neighbouring countries to examine conditions with a view to repatriation, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

DR of Congo refugees in Burundi total more than 34,000, UN says

With instability and high tension reigning in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the number of people who have crossed into neighbouring Burundi has risen to more than 34,000, the United Nations refugee agency said today.