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Disarmed Congolese militia members number 10,000, UN mission says

Just over 10,000 members of armed militias in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have disarmed and entered transit areas secured by the United Nations peacekeeping mission under the community reintegration plan for Ituri district.

Rebel renunciation of force against Rwanda welcomed by Security Council

The recent peace-making statement from a major Rwandan rebel militia based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) provides a significant opportunity to move toward peace in the DRC, national reconciliation in Rwanda and normalization of relations between the two countries, the United Nations Security Council said today.

UN mission probes possible breaches of zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation

The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is investigating two weekend incidents for possible breaches of its zero-tolerance policies on sexual exploitation and abuse, a UN spokesman said today.

ICJ opens hearings on claims of armed activities by Uganda on DR of Congo territory

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) today opened 18 days of hearings on the case filed in 1999 by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) against Uganda for “acts of armed aggression” and seeking “compensation from Uganda in respect of all acts of looting, destruction, removal of property and persons and other unlawful acts attributable to it.”

Refugees in western DR of Congo to be repatriated from neighbouring Republic of Congo

The United Nations refugee agency said today it plans to repatriate thousands of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) citizens from the neighbouring Republic of the Congo (RoC) starting at the end of this month, helping them return across difficult terrain where travelling just 100 kilometres can take 10 hours.

UN mission searches villages in eastern DR of Congo for rebel holdouts

With one rebel group refusing to join the disarmament programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), some 800 United Nations peacekeepers looked for militia members in villages in the northeastern Ituri district over the weekend, returning fire and sending some armed people fleeing.

UN agency helps some 3,000 children in DR of Congo disarm

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is helping to maintain a separate space for children in disarmament sites in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and while nearly 3,000 youngsters associated with armed militias have been attended to at seven sites, not enough have been girls, the agency said today.

Catastrophe looms from cholera epidemic in eastern DR of Congo – UN

A cholera epidemic in a displaced persons' camp in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could explode into a humanitarian catastrophe unless urgent measures are taken to halt growing insecurity and harassment by government troops that are causing residents to flee, spreading the deadly bacteria, a United Nations official warned today.

Former combatants in northeast DR of Congo rush to disarm before midnight deadline – UN

Hundreds of former militia members in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rushed to join the United Nations peacekeeping mission's disarmament and re-integration programme today before a midnight deadline, bringing to 9,000 the number of the estimated 15,000 militia members in the area who have given up their weapons.

Security Council calls on DR of Congo and UN mission to disarm foreign fighters

The United Nations Security Council today called on the Transitional Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to "develop a joint concept of operations for the disarmament of foreign combatants," together with the UN peacekeeping mission there, as it extended the mission's mandate to 1 October.