In Goma, some twenty human rights activists have completed training in techniques for collecting judicial data relating to sexual violence.
They attended a three-day training workshop held from 15 to 17 December 2014 by the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO), in partnership with the Congolese government.
In the territory of Rutshuru, International Humanitarian NGOs threaten to interrupt their activities if nothing is done to ensure their security. They made this declaration in a joint communiqué published a few days ago in the Rutshuru – centre.
Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in Guinea, it has claimed 6,387 lives in the region. The outbreak is the largest ever, and is currently affecting four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali. Outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal have been declared over. A separate outbreak in DRC has also ended.
This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. The note on Cambodia was jointly delivered with OHCHR spokesperson, Rupert Colville.
UNHCR is greatly concerned by the ongoing killings and other human rights violations against civilians in the Beni area of DR Congo’s North Kivu Province. Multiple attacks over the last three months have caused widespread fear and displacement. We are appealing for humanitarian access to help people in distress.
WASHINGTON, December 18, 2014—The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a total of U$226.5 million to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to strengthen its health systems to improve maternal and child health services. The project will also support an Ebola preparedness plan for DRC and enable the country to be better equipped to respond to anew Ebola outbreak.
Economic growth in the DRC which has been impressive in recent years has not translated into achieving better health and other human development results.
GENEVA (18 December 2014) –UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today welcomed the conviction and sentencing of Lieutenant Colonel Bedi Mobuli Engangela for committing crimes against humanity between 2005 and 2007 in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Engangela, better known as ‘Colonel 106’ after the battalion he commanded, was on Monday sentenced to life in prison for murder, rape, sexual slavery, torture, abduction, and “imprisonment and other forms of grave deprivation of physical liberty.”
KINSHASA, 18 December 2014 (IRIN) - The authorities in North Kivu Province in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hope soon to close the 60-odd camps housing some 210,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) on its territory: They say peace has returned. Whether the timing is right is debatable.
Des mines anti-personnelles non explosées découvertes dans le territoire d’Aketi, le long de la route Kisangani-Buta-Bunduki (Province Orientale), depuis huit mois n’ont jamais été désactivés.
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK – A year after extreme violence tore through the Central African Republic, two out of five children in urgent need of UNICEF’s support are without vital humanitarian aid – according to the agency.
UNICEF says a critical lack of funding and insecurity – such as road barricades, looting and attacks against aid workers – have left children they expected to help this year without access to essential health services, water, education and protection.
Editor's Note: This is the first post in a series on a surge of violence against civilians in Beni territory and increasing tensions between the local populations and the authorities meant to protect them.This post was written by Enough Project intern Jasper Kubasek.
Africa Briefing N°107
Non-profit organization working to bring a permanent end to the violence of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Central and East Africa will launch Finishing Fund to underwrite protection programs, and Citizen Volunteer Network to continue activism efforts before closing the doors on US headquarters
Population of Concern
Despite the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, there are 247,281 recognized refugees in South Sudan as of 01 December 2014. The Sudanese who are mainly found in Unity and Upper Nile State make up 91 % of the total refugee population. The DR Congolese, Ethiopians and refugees from the Central African Republic are mainly in Central and Western Equatoria, with some Ethiopians also living in Jonglei State. Most refugees were recognized prima facie after mass arrival.
Statement by United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Hawa Bangura
What the average person knows about the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is that it is somewhere in central Africa. It might be a stretch to include the word “central,” so let’s take a moment to gain just a bit more understanding.
At one-quarter the size of the U.S., the DRC is the eleventh largest country in the world. It lies on the northeastern border of Angola and, contrary to popular belief, is not landlocked. Its 37 kilometers of coastline is home to the seaport of Banana.
Travelling from Minova to Numbi, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), would be the dream of many motorbike fans. More than two hours of slopes, slippery surfaces and obstacles of all kinds make the journey a test of skill that many local motorcyclists overcome with apparent ease and the serenity of those who face great difficulties every day. As a passenger on the back of the bike, an outsider can hardly admire the beautiful landscape as they worry about the difficulty of a route that requires the driver to perform acrobatic exercises.