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DR Congo: UN provides logistical support for rape trial of army general

United Nations human rights officials are providing technical and logistical support to military justice authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the rape trial of General Jerôme Kakwavu, the highest ranking national army officer to be prosecuted for such crimes.

UN envoy hails Congolese move to pursue rape cases against top military officers

The official spearheading United Nations efforts to combat the scourge of sexual violence during war today welcomed the decision of authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to prosecute several high-ranking military officers accused of rape.

Top UN aid official stresses need for civilian protection in DR Congo

The United Nations humanitarian chief today voiced concern over violence against civilians in parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) affected by conflict and stressed the need to continue to provide relief to those in need in the African country.

UN humanitarian chief arrives in DR Congo to review aid requirements

The United Nations humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today for a two-day visit during which she will travel to two of the country’s regions most affected by conflict – the provinces of North Kivu and Orientale in the north-east.

UNICEF chief urges better protection from violence for DR Congo’s children

The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today condemned violence against children in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where youngsters face multiple challenges, including sexual abuse, conscription into armed groups and lack of education and health services.

DR Congo: UN alarmed by upsurge of attacks against civilians by LRA insurgents

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced alarm at a fresh upsurge of violence against civilians in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by an armed rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), saying dozens have been killed and thousands forced to flee their homes.