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28 Mar 2014 description

The United Nations Security Council is currently debating the extension of the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo, which is up for renewal on April 1, 2014. Together with Oxfam, World Vision, and five other non-governmental organizations, the Enough Project published an open letter to the Security Council giving recommendations for MONUSCO on civilian protection, governance, and the peace process.

Below is a portion of the letter:

29 Apr 2013 description

28.8 million internally displaced people worldwide in 2012, record high includes five-fold increase in Syria

GENEVA, 29 APRIL 2013: The number of people internally displaced by armed conflict, violence and human rights violations at the end of 2012 was 28.8 million, an increase of 2.4 million people on the previous year and the highest global figure ever reported by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

06 Aug 2012 description

Odette Asha (02.08.2012)

More than 200.000 Congolese have been fleeing their homes in North Kivu, Eastern DR Congo, since fighting escalated in April. People are fleeing to escape the threat of violence and forced recruitment by armed groups.

24 Feb 2010 description

Fighting between militia groups and Congolese armed forces supported by the UN, as well as attacks and violence against civilians, caused the displacement of around a million people in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2009. As a result of these and earlier episodes, over 2.1 million people were displaced in North and South Kivu and Orientale Province as of the end of 2009. Many internally displaced people (IDPs) have not received assistance from international agencies, whose access has been blocked by the insecurity.

23 Oct 2009 description

GENEVA, 23 October 2009 - The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and its Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) welcome the African Union's adoption of the Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa. The Convention was adopted in Kampala today at the AU Special Summit on Refugees, Returnees and IDPs in Africa.

"The African Union is the first regional organisation worldwide to adopt a legally binding instrument to protect the rights of internally displaced people," said NRC Secretary General Elisabeth Rasmusson.

13 Oct 2009 description

Enhanced Protection Urgently Needed Due to Disastrous Toll on Civilian Populations

(Goma, October 13, 2009) - The Congolese government's military operation in eastern Congo, Kimia II, backed by United Nations peacekeepers and aimed at neutralizing the threat from a Rwandan Hutu militia group, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), has resulted in an unacceptable cost for the civilian population, said 84 humanitarian and human rights groups in the Congo Advocacy Coalition today.

The coalition urged diplomats and UN officials, who are due to meet in Washington, …

13 Oct 2009 description

Il faut renforcer de toute urgence la protection des populations civiles durement touchées

(Goma) - L'opération militaire Kimia II menée par le gouvernement congolais dans l'Est du Congo, appuyée par les soldats du maintien de la paix des Nations Unies et visant à contrer les Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR, milices hutues rwandaises), a entraîné un coût inacceptable pour la population civile, ont déclaré aujourd'hui 84 groupes d'aide humanitaire et de défense des droits humains constituant la Congo Advocacy Coalition.

La coalition a exhorté les …

10 Aug 2009 description

Le besoin de protection des civils devrait être le point prioritaire à l'ordre du jour de la visite de la secrétaire d'État américaine

(Goma) - Depuis le début des opérations militaires lancées en janvier 2009, le nombre de meurtres et d'actes brutaux de violence sexuelle contre les femmes, les filles, et également les hommes, a considérablement augmenté dans l'est de la République démocratique du Congo, a déclaré aujourd'hui la Congo Advocacy Coalition (Coalition pour le plaidoyer en faveur du Congo), un groupe de 88 organisations humanitaires et de défense des …

10 Aug 2009 description

Need to Protect Civilians Should Top the Agenda During Visit

(Goma, August 10, 2009) - Killings and brutal sexual violence against women, girls and also men have massively increased in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since the start of military operations in January 2009, the Congo Advocacy Coalition, a group of 88 humanitarian and human rights organizations, said today.

18 May 2009 description

(Goma, May 18, 2009) - The United Nations Security Council, visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo beginning today, should press for urgent action to protect civilians, a coalition of 68 aid and human rights groups said today.

18 May 2009 description

(Goma) - Les délégués du Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies, lors de leur visite en République démocratique du Congo qui débute aujourd'hui, devraient réclamer une action urgente pour protéger les civils, a déclaré ce jour une coalition de 68 groupes d'aide humanitaire et de défense des droits humains.

23 Sep 2008 description


The Great Lakes region of central and eastern Africa has been torn apart by conflict for more than a decade. The region's wars have resulted in, and have been further propelled by, massive population movements. For example, one of the largest and fastest population flows in recent history followed the 1994 genocide in Rwanda which claimed nearly a million lives. This unprecedented flow included armed actors and those who had committed serious human rights abuses, amid throngs of genuine refugees.

23 Sep 2008 description


La région des Grands Lacs en Afrique centrale et orientale a été ravagée par des confl its pendant plus de dix ans. Les guerres dans la région ont conduit à des mouvements massifs de population, qui ont eux-mêmes constitué un motif supplémentaire de confl it. Par exemple, l'un des fl ux de population les plus importants et les plus rapides de l'histoire récente a fait suite au génocide de 1994 au Rwanda qui a causé la mort de près d'un million de personnes.

19 Sep 2008 description

Genève, le 19 septembre 2008 - A la suite de l'entrée en vigueur en Juin 2008 du Pacte sur la Sécurité, la Stabilité et le Développement dans la région des Grands Lacs, l'observatoire des situations de déplacement interne (IDMC) du Conseil Norvégien pour les Réfugiés et l'Initiative Internationale en faveur des Droits des Réfugiés (IRRI) publient aujourd'hui le guide sur la Conférence internationale sur la région des Grands Lacs et les droits des personnes déplacées.

29 Oct 2004 description

Almost five years after the UN stopped counting internally displaced people (IDPs) in Rwanda, there are still 180,000 relocated families living under plastic sheeting, in damaged shelters or temporarily occupying other people's homes. A majority of these families, some 70 per cent, were forced to leave their homes scattered in rural areas in the north-western prefectures of Ruhengeri and Gisenyi between 1997 and 1999 when the infiltration of Hutu rebels from refugee camps in neighbouring Zaire led to a breakdown of security in the area.

06 Mar 2002 description

More than seven years after the genocide, 70 percent of the Rwandan population remains under the poverty line and approximately 192,000 families still live in inadequate shelters (U.S. DOS 4 March 2002 & Brookings Initiative in Rwanda November 2001 Annex 4 III). Most of them were resettled in 1998-1999 by the Rwandan government in the context of the "villagization" process. The UN and the Rwandan government consider that there are no more internally displaced in Rwanda (UN OCHA 18 December 2000).