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U.S. Sanctions Rwanda Over Use of Child Soldiers by M23 Rebels

Radio Okapi - October 4, 2013

Colonel Sultani Makenga, center, a senior M23 leader, on a hill in eastern Congo, July 2012U.S. authorities announced on Thursday that they have sanctioned Rwanda over the recruitment of child soldiers by the M23 rebels operating in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  The United Nations and rights groups have accused Kigali of supporting the rebels.
Presidential Election Results Delayed 48 Hours

Congo News Agency - December 6, 2011

The two leading candidates, Joseph Kabila and Etienne TshisekediThe publication of the full results of the November 28 presidential election in DR Congo has been delayed for 48 hours. The Independent National Electoral Commission said in a message broadcast on state television Tuesday night that it made the decision to postpone the results for the sake of transparency.
UN Security Council calls for credible and peaceful elections

UN News Centre - October 17, 2011

United Nations Security CouncilIn a press statement following a briefing by Roger Meece, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for DRC on the preparations for next month's elections, the Council emphasized the importance of free and constructive political debate, freedom of expression and assembly, equal access to all media and the safety for all candidates.
Case of UN Employee Caught Smuggling Minerals Not Unique

Congo News Agency - August 25, 2011

Madnodje MounoubaiA judge in North Kivu province sentenced a UN driver and his accomplice on Wednesday to three years in prison and a US$ 25,000 fine for trying to smuggle minerals to Rwanda. There have been other cases of UN peacekeepers involved in gold smuggling and even accused of providing weapons to rebels in eastern Congo.
Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in DR Congo

UN News - June 28, 2011

United Nations Security CouncilThe Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for a year, with the force now scheduled to stay at least until 30 June 2012. The Council resolution, adopted unanimously, “reaffirms that the protection of civilians must be given priority” by the mission MONUSCO, which last year succeeded an earlier mission known as MONUC.
UN envoy tells Security Council of improving security, remaining threats

UN News Service - June 9, 2011

Special Representative Roger Meece briefs the Security Council on the situation in the DRC“There has been significant progress regarding the security situation in recent years in eastern DRC,” said Roger Meece, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), in a briefing to the Council.
Ban Ki-moon arrives in Rwanda to discuss upcoming report on DR Congo rights violations

UN News - September 7, 2010

Ban Ki-moon with Paul Kagame in Rwanda in 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived today in Kigali, where he plans to meet with Rwandan leaders to discuss the soon-to-be-released United Nations report on serious human rights violations committed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo between 1993 and 2003.
UN mission speaks out after human rights defender is kidnapped

UN News - August 31, 2010

Roger MeeceThe United Nations peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has expressed deep concern after the apparent abduction of a human rights defender who had spoken out against alleged rights violations by members of the military.
UN Defends Inaction on Mass Rapes in Eastern Congo, Government Missing in Action

Congo News Agency - August 26, 2010

Monuc soldiersThe United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) is on the defensive since the NGO International Medical Corps revealed early this week that rebels from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), and members of a local Mai Mai militia, raped at least 154 women in North Kivu, a few kilometers from a MONUSCO base.
Veteran United States diplomat appointed to top UN post in DR Congo

UN News - June 9, 2010

Roger MeeceSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named Roger A. Meece, a United States national with over three decades of international experience, including in a number of African nations, as the top United Nations envoy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mr. Meece will succeed Alan Doss of the United Kingdom, who concludes his term as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN mission in DRC at the end of June.



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