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DR Congo: UN rights chief warns of deteriorating situation in wake of deadly clashes

The United Nations human rights chief today strongly warned of the deteriorating situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the wake of violent clashes between protestors and security forces earlier this week, insisting that those who committed the killings and other human rights violations during these incidents must be held accountable in order to avert a major crisis.

DR Congo: Ban condemns deadly clashes between protestors and security forces in capital

United Nations Secretary-General today expressed deep concern about the violent clashes between protestors and security forces in Kinshasa, and several other locations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

UN food relief agency provides assistance to 140,000 people affected by flooding in northern DPRK

The United Nations food relief agency has delivered food assistance to more than 140,000 people in the north of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), where they have been affected by some of the worst floods in recent history – and expressed concern about their continued vulnerability as an extremely cold winter is approaching and major food losses are expected.

DRC: UN mission extracts hundreds from national park on humanitarian grounds

Acting on humanitarian grounds and at the request of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations mission in the country has extracted hundreds of individuals, including the former Vice-President of South Sudan, Riek Machar, members of his family and aides, as well as a number civilians from a national park in the DRC.

DR Congo: UN chief notes holding of preparatory meeting towards national dialogue

Noting today’s meeting of the national dialogue preparatory committee in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated a call for an inclusive political dialogue to overcome an impasse in the electoral process.

Security Council strongly condemns killings in eastern DR Congo, calls for government probe

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the 13 August killing of at least 50 civilians in a village in the restive North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), by suspected members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

UN condemns 'appalling' attack on civilians in eastern DR Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined his envoys from the Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today in strongly condemning the killing of dozens of civilians during an overnight attack in Beni, located in restive eastern part of the country, where the UN mission and national authorities have now deployed forces in the wake if the incident.

DR Congo: Denying visa to human rights researcher ‘regrettable,’ says UN rights chief

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today said that the denial of visa to a human rights researcher in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a regrettable development.

DR Congo: six years on, UN envoy calls for action in Walikale mass rape

Ahead of the six-year remembrance of a mass rape of more than 300 civilians residents of the Walikale region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by armed groups, the United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict has called on the international community to be relentless in seeking accountability for the crimes.

Political crisis has put long-term stability of the DR Congo at risk, warns UN deputy chief, urging dialogue

An inclusive and credible dialogue among Congolese stakeholders is the only realistic way to defuse political tensions, overcome the electoral impasse and prevent violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where public discontent is being fuelled by delays in the electoral process and shrinking democratic space, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson warned today.