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UN helping to monitor volcanic eruption in eastern DR Congo

UN News - January 4, 2010

Mount NyamulagiraMount Nyamulagira, which sits some 40 kilometres northwest of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, erupted on Saturday, and while it has not affected any people, the lava has spewed into a non-populated area of the Virunga National Park.
North Kivu: Nyamulagira volcano erupts, nearby populations safe

MONUC - January 2, 2010

Nyamulagira volcanoThe eruption, which was still in progress at 5 pm local time, on January 2, has not, so far, caused any human casualties or damages on human settlements, the lava flowing down from a vertical fissure on the South Eastern slope of the volcano, heading South and South West towards a non populated area of the Virunga National Park.
DR Congo launches 'Amani Leo' military operation

Xinhua - January 2, 2010

Congo FARDC soldiersThe Democratic Republic of Congo has ended the "Kimia 2" operation in North Kivu and South Kivu provinces and launched "Amani Leo" (a Kiswahili word for "peace today"), according to the military. Kimia 2 has already achieved its objectives with nearly 5,000 combatants of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) neutralized by the FARDC with the logistical support from the UN mission in DR Congo (MONUC).
Alan Doss: Human Rights Watch attack on MONUC 'shortsighted'

Alan Doss/The Washington Times - December 28, 2009

Alan DossThe Human Rights Watch report also catalogues numerous atrocities committed by the FDLR. The U.N. Security Council has called for the elimination of this threat. Peaceful relations between the DRC and Rwanda - a prerequisite for peace in the region - are riding on effective military operations against the rebel group. The national security forces of the DRC, with all their failings, are the only instrument the democratically-elected government has to neutralize the FDLR.
Blue helmets protect thousands daily, says top UN envoy

UN News - December 28, 2009

Alan DossIn its report on the mission, Human Rights Watch “brushes aside the crucial role that MONUC plays in protecting tens of thousands of civilians every single day, often in very remote areas,” Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special-Representative, wrote in an op-ed in today’s The Washington Times.
UN opens website detailing zero tolerance policy on sexual abuse by peacekeepers

UN News - December 24, 2009

Goma - MONUCSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon is steadfastly enforcing the policy proclaimed by his predecessor, Kofi Annan, in 2004 amid charges that UN peacekeeping personnel in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), both civilian and military, committed sexual exploitation and abuse.
UN extends peacekeeping mission in the DRC

Congo News Agency - December 23, 2009

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoThe resolution asks the Secretary-General to conduct a strategic review of the situation in the DRC and MONUC’s progress toward achieving its mandate and to determine, in close cooperation with the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and MONUC, the modalities of a reconfiguration of MONUC’s mandate.
Ugandan rebels murder, rape, mutilate, displace thousands in DR Congo, Sudan - UN

UN News - December 21, 2009

Joseph KonyIn a 10-month rampage of killings, rape and mutilation in neighbouring countries that may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity, the rebel Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), has killed some 1,300 civilians, abducted 1,400 more, including hundreds of children and women, and displaced nearly 300,000 others, the United Nations reported today.
DR Congo military says more FDLR rebels killed in North Kivu province

Xinhua - December 18, 2009

Congo soldiers - FARDCThe armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) killed more Rwandan rebels including a captain in its anti-insurgency operation in the eastern province of North Kivu, the military said on Thursday. Combats against these Rwandan Hutu rebels were reported in the areas of Nyanzale, Bukumbirwa and Kanyabayonga within the Rutshuru territory. One FARDC soldier was killed.
UN forces, army adopt new directives with civilian protection at core

UN News - December 16, 2009

Congo FARDC soldiersUnited Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the national army adopted new directives today for operations against rebels with the protection of civilians as the core focus following reports of massacres and other serious human rights violations by Congolese soldiers.



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