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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.
Africa must have full Security Council representation - DR Congo tells UN Assembly

UN News - September 28, 2009

Alexis Thambwe Mwamba“The present UN system does not correspond in its current concept to the hopes of its founders and to the letter of the Charter that its creation was able to inspire,” DRC Foreign Minister Alexis Thambwe Nwamba said as the Assembly entered the fifth day of its annual General Debate.
Clinton Pushes UN Resolution to Curb Violence Against Girls

VOA News - September 25, 2009

Joseph Kabila and Hillary Clinton in Goma - CongoClinton says preventing the exploitation and marginalization of girls is no longer an afterthought but a core foreign policy objective of the United States, which is co-sponsoring a Security Council resolution on the issue next week.
Clinton, Congo President Discuss Security in Country's Eastern Kivu Region

VOA News - August 12, 2009

Joseph Kabila and Hillary Clinton in Goma - CongoU.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Congolese President Joseph Kabila say they are both committed to improving security in Congo's troubled Kivu regions. Secretary Clinton announced $17 million in new U.S. assistance to help victims of sexual violence in Congo.
Student's question lost in translation 'struck a nerve' with Hillary Clinton

CNN - August 11, 2009

Hillary ClintonThe tense moment happened as Clinton spoke to students at a Congolese university in Kinshasa. A male student rose to ask a question about Chinese financial contracts in his country. The student asked Clinton what President Obama would think of the deal, but pool reporters in the room said the translator made a mistake and asked what Bill Clinton would think.
Susan Rice: United Nations Peacekeeping Force Under Severe Strain

VOA News - July 30, 2009

US ambassador to the UN Susan RiceThe U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations says the U.N. peacekeeping force is stretched to the limit, and needs more support and supervision. Ambassador Susan Rice told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that peacekeeping helps protect the United States and other nations. Rice is urging Congress to support peacekeeping, despite sexual misconduct by a few members of the force.
MONUC trains its staff on sexual exploitation and abuse

MONUC - July 30, 2009

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoMounia Lakhdar-Hamina and Kandi Godia, of the Conduct and Discipline (CDU) unit recalled the importance for staff to conduct themselves well. “Recruited to assist a country beset by various difficulties, MONUC staff are continually watched by the population,” said Ms Kandi Godia. In this respect, they are expected to comply with “the highest standards of conduct required by their private and professional lives.” In other words, staff should comply with the UN codes of conduct and the host country’s laws, she added.
UN team looking into alleged sexual misconduct by blue helmets in DR Congo

UN News - July 24, 2009

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoA fact-finding team has been dispatched by the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to investigate rumours of sexual misconduct surrounding some blue helmets stationed in the country’s far east.
Top UN humanitarian official condemns new 'terror and upheaval'

UN News - April 30, 2009

Eastern Congo refugessThe top United Nations humanitarian official today condemned a resurgence of violence against civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), amid a series of offensives against a Rwandan militia group.
UN chief demands justice in name of child soldiers and victims of sexual abuse

Xinhua - April 30, 2009

Ban Ki-moonThe recruitment and sexual exploitation of children by armed groups in conflict zones is a threat to international peace and security, and violators must be brought to justice, UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon told an open Security Council debate here on Wednesday.







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