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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.
Brussels Airlines to form a new airline company in DR Congo

Xinhua - December 16, 2009

N'Djili AirportA Belgian air transport company, Brussels Airlines, will form a new aerial company in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) called "Korongo", Sven Marinus, the general director of the company, declared on Tuesday during a press conference.
Human Rights Watch Calls on FDLR Rebels in Eastern Congo to Investigate Themselves

Congo News Agency - December 15, 2009

Human Rights Watch (HRW)In its latest report on the situation in eastern Congo published on Monday, Human Rights Watch calls on the notoriously infamous rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) to investigate themselves. This is the most naïve recommendation, and there are many, included in this report.
FDLR rebels resort to abductions in North Kivu

Xinhua - December 15, 2009

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesMembers of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) have kidnapped at least four people since last week in the Nyamilima area, about 100 km from Goma, the capital of North-Kivu province. Local media said the battered Rwandan rebels were resorting to abductions for ransoms of between 300 U. S. dollars and 1,000 dollars from the families of the victims.
DR Congo armed forces enter troubled Dongo area

Xinhua - December 15, 2009

Congolese soldiers - FARDCThe 321st special intervention battalion of the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) coming from Kindu, Maniema province entered the troubled Dongo area in Equateur province, the military and UN sources confirmed late Monday.



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