Democratic Republic of Congo Profile
Kenya wants to be enjoined in peace efforts in eastern DRC
Posted Saturday, July 27 2013 at 23:31
- “Kenya supports the regional and international peace initiatives that are aimed at bringing peaceful and durable solutions to the conflicts in eastern DRC, Central African Republic and in Sudan and South Sudan,” Mr Kibicho said.
Minister puts gangs on notice
Posted Saturday, July 27 2013 at 19:00
- His words were echoed by Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo who said the flow of information is vital in fighting insecurity.
Produce evidence on M23 rebels, Rwanda tells the US
Posted Friday, July 26 2013 at 01:00
The US State Department spokeswoman, Ms Jen Psaki, had said Rwanda should stop supporting the rebels and withdraw its military personnel from Congo.
Meanwhile, a Rwandan refugee claiming to be a Rwandan army deserter, Capt Vedaste Rusanganwa, has claimed he was sent to DR Congo to fight along M23.
|DR Congo Asks Rwanda to Turn Over M23 Rebel Leaders|
Congo News Agency - July 26, 2013
DR Congo’s government said on Friday it has sent three international arrest warrants to Rwanda against former M23 rebel leader Jean-Marie Runiga and commanders Baudouin Ngaruye, Eric Badege and Innocent Zimurinda.
Violence the new normal in DRC, envoy says
Published: July 26, 2013 at 12:55 PM
UNITED NATIONS, July 26 (UPI) -- Violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has become the "accepted normal" because of the lack of attention, envoy Mary Robinson said.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry chaired a meeting on security in the Great Lakes region of Africa at the U.N. Security Council, where the United States holds the rotating presidency of the 12-member body for July.
Kerry last month appointed former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., to serve as a special envoy for the Great Lakes region, which includes trouble spots such as Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Uganda rebels rekindled conflict in the DRC side of the shared border this month. The Rwanda government, meanwhile, was accused of backing the March 23 Movement fighting against government forces in eastern DRC.
"For far, far too long, far too many lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the broader Great Lakes region have been ravaged by targeted, grotesque violence," he said Thursday before the Security Council.
The Security Council in March authorized a special brigade tasked with neutralizing armed groups by force if necessary. Renewed rebel conflict in eastern DRC coincided with the March decision.
Robinson, former Irish president and U.N. special envoy to the Great Lakes region, said she was frustrated with the general lack of urgency surrounding conflict in DRC.
"Not a day goes by without a report of killings, rape, sexual assault and displacement of people in eastern DRC," she told the Security Council. "What strikes me is the lack of outrage and horrors at this daily toll. It has become the accepted normal."
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|UN Security Council debate focuses on peace efforts for Africa's Great Lakes region|
UN News Centre - July 25, 2013
|The Security Council today restated its commitment to the United Nations-brokered peace accord for Africa’s strife-torn Great Lakes region and demanded an immediate end to hostilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.|
Jul. 24, 2013United States calls on Rwanda to end support for M23 rebels in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, saying there is evidence that Rwandan military officials were involved; clashes between rebels and Congolese government forces have heightened concern about reviving violence in the region.MORE »
Jul. 16, 2013Democratic Republic of Congo’s army shells rebel positions in second day of fierce fighting, and Rwanda and Congo trade accusations of aggression.MORE »
Jul. 15, 2013Uganda Red Cross says more than 60,000 residents of Democratic Republic of Congo have fled to Uganda after rebel attack on town near the border; continuing influx of refugees is stretching capacity of humanitarian workers in Uganda.MORE »
Jun. 6, 2013Researchers report that a type of group therapy designed for trauma victims is proving extraordinarily helpful for survivors of sexual violence in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.MORE »
May. 24, 2013United Nations Sec Gen Ban Ki-moon, in visit to region, says that security must go hand in hand with development in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern city of Goma.MORE »