|Alan Doss: Human Rights Watch attack on MONUC 'shortsighted'
Alan Doss/The Washington Times - December 28, 2009
|The 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
|In 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 extends peacekeeping mission in the DRC
Congo News Agency - December 23, 2009
|The 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
|In 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
|The 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
|United 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.
|Human Rights Watch Calls on FDLR Rebels in Eastern Congo to Investigate Themselves
Congo News Agency - December 15, 2009
|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
|Members 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
|The 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.
|Congo army reports 1,200 FDLR rebels killed since February
Xinhua - December 10, 2009
|The army of the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed more than 1,200 rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in North Kivu and South Kivu provinces since February, the military announced on Wednesday.