DR Congo

News in Brief 10 January 2020

  • DR Congo killings ‘may amount to crimes against humanity’
  • A victory for forced displacement victims: UN refugee agency
  • UNHCR honoured with Olympic Cup
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Killings and violence targeting ethnic group in DR Congo ‘may amount to crimes against humanity’

The targeting of the Hema community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with violence, including killings and rape, may amount to crimes against humanity, said the UN on Friday. 

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Syria, polio, DR Congo, Sudan updates, and, the art of stealing

Tuesday’s top stories include: A “daily nightmare” in Syria’s Idlib; polio remains an international health emergency; Guterres extends condolences as Australia bushfires continue; measles in DR Congo; clashes in Darfur displace thousands; and a celebration of stolen art.

Friday’s Daily Brief:  Yemen exclusive, India rights, Chile, Ebola updates

Our top stories for Friday include an exclusive UN News interview with Yemen Envoy Martin Griffiths; India’s new “discriminatory” citizenship law; a milestone smallpox eradication anniversary; helicopters deployed in DR Congo Ebola fight; Mediterranean migrant latest, and Chile’s deadly protests: UN report finds clear pattern of repression.

DR Congo Ebola outbreak: helicopter team begins lifesaving vaccinations 

One of the major challenges in eradicating the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is the threat from numerous armed groups preventing health teams from reaching at-risk communities.  In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Dr. Michel Yao from the World Health Organization explains how the agency is deploying helicopters to remote areas, as it adapts to the volatile situation.  

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News in Brief 13 December 2019

  • Air bridge vaccination operation begins in Ebola-hit DR Congo 
  • India’s citizenship act ‘fundamentally discriminatory’, says UN rights office 
  • 40th anniversary of smallpox eradication marked on Friday 
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Friday’s Daily Brief: violence in DR Congo, protester deaths in Iraq, human rights in Colombia, climate change conference, ‘high human cost’ of Ecuador unrest  

A recap of Friday’s stories in brief: attacks on communities in an Ebola outbreak hotspot in eastern DRC sparks a humanitarian crisis; Guterres expresses concerns at continued protester deaths in Iraq; UN-appointed panel raises concerns about violence against indigenous rights defenders in Colombia; 5 things you need to know about COP25; UN rights chief urges dialogue to ease Ecuador unrest. 

Measles claims more than twice as many lives than Ebola in DR Congo

Since the beginning of 2019, measles has taken more than 5,000 lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a top UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official said on Wednesday, pointing out that over 90 per cent of the deaths were children under-five. 

News in Brief 7 November 2019

  • ICC sentences DR Congo warlord to 30 years
  • UN chief calls for ‘meaningful dialogue’ in Iraq to end wave of protests
  • Montreal Protocol in the food chain
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Friday’s Daily Brief: Education key for Rohingya, DR Congo violence continues, Zimbabwe protest latest, women’s rights in Iran, environmental protection

Our main stories today: Two years in, Myanmar’s Rohingya youth need more education; DR Congo testimonies highlight armed brutality; appeals for Zimbabwe to ‘stop cracking down’ on protesters; Iran urged to release women jailed for protesting veiling laws; and new human rights agreement on environmental protection.