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Security concerns in a "democracy without democrats"

IRIN - March 16, 2006

Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are a near certainty, despite the obstacles that threaten a smooth transition to democracy. What is largely uncertain, however, is how stable the country will be in the aftermath of the polls.


Interview with Jean-Marie Guéhenno

IRIN - March 14, 2006

During a nine-day working visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo which began on 6 March, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno, spoke to IRIN in Kinshasa about security concerns for a peaceful run of a general election on 18 June. Following are excerpts of that interview on 9 March.


Aid arrives for displaced thousands but fears over safety persist

IRIN - February 16, 2006

Despite relief aid having reached some 6,000 war-displaced people in the northeastern district of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), humanitarian officials are worried that tentative calm in the area could deteriorate.


Fighting in the Kivus displaces 55,000

IRIN - February 9, 2006

At least 55,000 people have been displaced in North and South Kivu provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a result of fighting between the army and armed groups, according to humanitarian agencies.


UN mission reports on serious human rights abuses by Congolese military

UN News Service - January 24, 2006

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) military?s efforts to flush militias from the area south of Lake Albert in Ituri district has resulted in serious human rights violations, including the summary execution of six fishermen, rapes, imprisoning children and forcing villagers to transport stolen goods, the United Nations peacekeeping mission (MONUC) said today.


UN briefs African Union on deployment in troubled east of DR of Congo

UN News Service - December 2, 2005

A military delegation from the African Union (AU) has arrived in North Kivu in the troubled eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to assess the possible deployment of 7,000 troops to disarm foreign armed groups who have been attacking civilians, the UN Mission in DRC (MONUC) said.


DRC poll vital to region's stability - UN delegation

IRIN - November 23, 2005

Successful elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) would not only help the country's peace and transition process but would also greatly contribute to the achievement of stability in Africa's Great Lakes region, according to a UN Security Council delegation that visited the region from 4-11 November.


Monuc: "ugandan rebels disarm or we will use force"

MISNA - September 29, 2005

The Ugandan rebels of the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army) that recently crossed into the Democratic Republic of Congo must disarm and repatriate without any negotiation or force will be used: this was the ultimatum launched by the military spokesman of the MONUC (United Nations Mission in DR-Congo), Thierry Provendier.


Ugandan rebels cause panic in northeastern village

MISNA - September 22, 2005

A group of Ugandan rebels from the LRA penetrated in the Democratic Republic of Congo, raiding the village of Losa, five kilometers from the border with Sudan.


Rwandan militias clash with army troops

IRIN - April 7, 2005

Provincial authorities in South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), said on Tuesday that there had been fighting between Congolese troops and Rwandan Hutu militias, known as Interahamwe, at a village 150 km north of the provincial capital, Goma.









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