DR Congo: UN official decries sexual violence, urges stronger response

A senior United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today decried the problem of sexual violence in the war-torn country, saying perpetrators are mostly police, military and militia members but civilians are increasingly involved, and calling for stronger response measures.

Transfer of ex-combatants major step for peace in northeast DR Congo – UN

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has transferred 16 former commanders of Ituri armed groups to Kinshasa, calling it a major step in consolidating peace in the northeastern part of the country.

Ban Ki-moon dispatches senior aide to DR Congo’s troubled eastern region

Voicing concern about the ongoing crisis in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where tens of thousands of people have been displaced by recent fighting, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that his senior aide will travel to the country for talks with top officials.

Congolese militia leader in North Kivu surrenders to UN peacekeepers

The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reports that a militia leader in the country’s troubled North Kivu province has turned himself over to peacekeepers along with nearly 30 of his men.

Sexual violence against women in DR Congo amounts to war crime: UN expert

The scale and brutality of the sexual violence currently faced by women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) amounts to war crimes and crimes against humanity, an independent United Nations human rights expert has told the General Assembly.

Refugees from DR Congo’s Equateur province stream home – UN agency

Thanks to increased boat trips across the Oubangui river, more than 16,000 refugees have returned to their home districts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Equateur province in the country’s northwest so far this year, the United Nations refugee agency has reported.

DR Congo: Ban Ki-moon urges warring factions to allow aid effort in North Kivu

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on conflicting parties clashing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) troubled North Kivu province to allow humanitarian aid to reach civilians, who have been forced to flee their homes amid rapes and other atrocities associated with the fighting.

DR Congo: fighting in North Kivu forces thousands to flee to Uganda – UN

A flare-up of fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) North Kivu province, where Government forces have been clashing with those loyal to renegade General Laurent Nkunda and other groups, is sending thousands of people across the border into neighbouring Uganda, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Top Ugandan rebel surrenders in neighbouring DR Congo, says UN mission

A senior commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army, the northern Ugandan rebel group, has surrendered in the northeast of the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations peacekeeping mission to that country reported today.

UN peacekeepers target of angry Congolese as standoff continues in eastern DRC

For the second time in a week United Nations personnel in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have become the target of angry civilians caught up in the continuing military standoff between government and rebel forces.