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Security Council briefed on early findings of UN probe into Burundi refugee massacre

Preliminary findings from a United Nations probe into the gruesome massacre of 160 Congolese Tutsi at a refugee camp in Burundi on 13 August show that fighters from Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were responsible and not only the Burundian rebels who claimed responsibility at the time, the President of the Security Council said today.

Security tightened at DR of Congo-Burundi border, UN reports

United Nations peacekeeping missions in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are working to tighten security along the border to prevent a repeat of the recent slaughter of refugees at Gatumba camp.

UN to distribute relief supplies to displaced in eastern DR of Congo

United Nations agencies have sent representatives to the high plains of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to distribute 90 tons of food and basic supplies being airlifted there for some 1,200 internally displaced families who fled another area in the region that is experiencing protracted unrest.

Illegal land claims helped fuel clashes in DR of Congo - UN report

The Ituri district in the northeastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is undergoing one of the world's worst and most ignored human rights crises, largely stemming from illegal land seizures which have led to ethnic strife, the deaths of 8,000 civilians and the displacement of another 600,000, a United Nations report says.

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.