In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN’s peacekeeping mission as a whole—not just the Intervention Brigade component—is a party to the conflict under international law. This is one of the key findings in a new IPI report examining the legal implications of the UN brigade’s unprecedented mandate to “neutralize” rebel groups.
11/21/2014 - 20:43 GMT
At least nine people were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo's volatile east where Ugandan rebels have recently staged bloody attacks, a top official said Friday.
"Nine bodies have been sent to the morgue. The bodies were found deep inside the forest," Julien Paluku, the governor of the restive Nord-Kivu province, told AFP.
"We are carrying out searches to see if there are any other bodies" in the forest, located in the north of the province between the towns of Beni and Mbau, he said.
On 24 August, WHO was notified by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Jeera County, Equateur Province. This outbreak, which is unrelated to that affecting West Africa, caused a total of 66 cases of EVD including 8 among health care workers.
(Pweto, northern Katanga, 20 November 2014): Three years after a cycle of violence started displacing and affecting the livelihoods of over half a million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s mineral-rich Katanga Province, there is an urgent need for greater attention on its humanitarian crisis, the United Nations’ top humanitarian official said today.
Province Orientale: Raids and ambushes by suspected FRPI militia in South Irumu continue. In addition to extortion and looting house-hold goods, more than 100 rapes and 25 killings have been reported during the last 2 months. About 80,000 people are still in pendular displacement in the area. Government announcements of the surrender of a FPRI leader and his militia has led to hopes for an end to the violence and a demobilization in November. UNICEF is preparing to receive a large number of children as a part of this demobilization process.
In collaboration with the Congolese mining cadastre (CAMI), mining service SAESSCAM and representatives from local civil society organisations, IPIS organised a series of field visits to monitor artisanal mining activities and the involvement of armed groups and criminal networks in mineral exploitation and trade. This resulted in the publication of an interactive web map providing information on e.g. the on-site presence of armed groups and criminal elements within the Congolese army (FARDC) and their activities, as well as indicators of the relative importance of the mining site.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Overall favourable vegetation conditions for the 2014 crops despite below-average rainfall in some areas
Inflation increased in 2014 but still very low compared to recent years
Civil conflict and recent floods in eastern and southern parts affect food security
Good prospects for 2014 crops despite below-average rainfall in some areas
The training room at the MONUSCO headquarters was used as the venue for the awareness-raising session organised on 14 November 2014 by the UN Mission’s Police component (UNPOL)/Kalemie for some twenty female officers of the Congolese National Police (PNC).
Facilitated by the UNPOL Sexual Violence and Child Protection focal Points, this meeting aimed to inform the participants about the procedures and rules in force for the fight against sexual violence and child protection in armed conflict.
To that purpose, several presentations were provided, including on:
The Béni area of northern North Kivu province has endured several years of violence in connection with the conflict between Ugandan armed group the Allied Democratic Forces and the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The impact on local inhabitants has been huge, with abductions, murders, attacks and displacement being frequent occurrences. Arnaud Meffre, head of the ICRC office in Béni describes the recent resurgence of violence and stresses the need to respect and protect human life.
20 November 2014 – Twenty-five years after the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Child Soldiers International and the Jesuit Refugee Service remain concerned by widespread abuses committed against children by armed forces and armed groups. Although significant progress has been made to protect children from armed conflict in the DRC, there is still a long way to go to prevent the recruitment of children, improve assistance to former child soldiers, and end impunity.
As at 14 November there have been 66 cases (38 confirmed, 28 probable) of Ebola reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In total, reports confirm 49 deaths, including 8 among health care workers. The lethality rate stands at 74.2%. The last case was confirmed on October 4. According to the DRC Ministry of Health, if 42 days pass without a new case is reported and confirmed, the epidemic will be declared over and the DRC Ebola Free.
posted on NOVEMBER 18, 2014 by MERVEILLE
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Merveille, a young reporter, shares her meeting with young girls victims of violence: UNICEF is taking action to make sure their physical integrity, protected by the 34th article of the Convention, is respected.
Executive Summary and Recommendations
Democratic Republic of the Congo - An IOM assessment of displacement sites around the city of Goma in North Kivu, Eastern DRC has shown a total of 16,406 internally displaced people (IDPs), well down from previous estimates of over 100,000 (104, 813).
The verification exercise, conducted over the past year, is designed to allow IOM and its partners to better assess the needs of displaced families and to identify durable solutions for them.
The exercise was conducted in the sites at night, with IOM staff going from hut to hut counting and registering households.
17 November 2014 – The United Nations today praised the end of an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as some of the world’s top football players, including Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Neymar Jr, announced they are joining the Organization’s fight to help raise global awareness in the fight against the deadly virus.
DR Congo: Police Operation Kills 51 Youth
Suspend Commander of Anti-Crime Campaign Pending Investigation
(Kinshasa) – Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo summarily killed at least 51 youth and forcibly disappeared 33 others during an anti-crime campaign that began a year ago, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. “Operation Likofi,” which lasted from November 2013 to February 2014, targeted alleged gang members in Congo’s capital, Kinshasa.
TAWILA (17 Nov.) - The local market in Tawila town, North Darfur, has been closed for almost a week as a result of the abduction of three men from inside the market.