DRC

From violence to dialogue: as land conflicts intensify, UN boosts efforts to resolve disputes through mediation

The town of Kitchanga, in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), hosts the highest concentration of internally displaced people in the country, and has been one of the regions most affected by clashes between local communities, made up of Tutsis and Hutus, especially in terms of accessing land. Today, however, thanks to a UN initiative, many disputes over land in Kitchanga are resolved through dialogue instead of violence, and families can cultivate, rent and make a profit from their land.

News in Brief 23 May 2019

  • DR Congo: ‘No time to lose’ says newly appointed Ebola response coordinator 
  • Draft El Salvador bill could give amnesty to serious human rights violators, Bachelet warns
  • First ever UN conference on ending sexual and gender-based violence underway  
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DR Congo: ‘No time to lose’ says newly appointed UN Ebola response coordinator 

With the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s worst ever Ebola outbreak now in its tenth month, the United Nations on Thursday announced measures to strengthen its response, with the Organization’s newly appointed Emergency Coordinator (EERC) declaring there is “no time to lose”.

News in Brief 20 May 2019

  • Italy proposal to fine migrant rescue boats condemned by human rights experts
  • Ebola threat still ‘very high’ in DRC, warns WHO chief
  • On World Bee day, human activity blamed for falling pollinator populations
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News in Brief 3 May 2019

  • Attacks in DRC continue to terrorize the population: UN refugee agency
  • Iran: execution of child offenders ‘absolutely prohibited’, says UN human rights chief
  • Distribution of ‘super cereal’ suspended by WFP, while tests continue
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Ebola situation worsening in DR Congo, amidst growing ‘funding gap’ UN health agency warns

Strengthening both security and the Ebola response effort is essential to contain the growing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN health agency’s officials said on Tuesday, following a visit to the epicentre of what is already the worst outbreak in the country’s history.

Bringing justice to the people: how the UN is helping communities deal with disputes in remote and dangerous areas

Justice can be hard to come by in countries hit by conflict. To ensure that communities can settle disputes, and see criminals lawfully punished, UN peacekeeping missions support mobile courts, which travel to places where no regular court exists.

 

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: sexual violence in conflict, a malaria vaccine trial, updates on Libya, Ebola in DR Congo, Sri Lanka and Mali

Here are our top stories for this Tuesday: a focus on conflict-related sexual violence at the Security Council, a groundbreaking trial for a malaria vaccine in Malawi, thousands seeking shelter in Libya’s capital as fighting continues, concerns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after the attack of an Ebola treatment centre, an update on the death toll of the Sri Lanka attacks, and the Security Council’s condemnation of the killing of peacekeepers in Mali. 

News in Brief 5 April 2019

  • Myanmar alarm as UN human rights reports deadly helicopter attack on civilians
  • OCHA alert on spike in civilian killings and displacement in Niger
  • Increase in Ebola virus in DRC highlights daily challenges for response teams
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News in Brief 19 March 2019

  • Humanitarian emergency getting bigger by the hour, warns UN food agency
  • DRC’s election of President Tshisekedi 'a momentous transition moment'
  • Mali violence ‘is worsening’ for civilian in centre and north, warns rights expert
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