World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


UN Human Rights Team Under Fire in NE DR of Congo

UN Human Rights Team Comes Under Fire in North Eastern DR of Congo

New York, Jun 2 2005 4:00PM

A United Nations human rights team was fired on while investigating the reported rape and abduction of women in the troubled Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the UN mission in the country.

The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) reports that the team had flown in by helicopter to the village of Lugo in the north-eastern province to investigate allegations that members of a militia had abducted the women in April, and raped them in a local chapel.

While the team was in the village, Paul Karim, the leader of the militia known as the Nationalist Integrationist Front (FNI), sent someone to ask why they were there. The senior UN peacekeeper with the team said that they were there to speak with the residents, and invited Mr. Karim to meet with them.

Then, while taking off in their helicopter, the team came under a hail of fire, said to have lasted five minutes. They were able to take off without injuries, although the helicopter was damaged.

The Nepalese peacekeepers returned fire and a helicopter gunship, along with more peacekeepers, were sent in to reinforce them. Four peacekeepers were injured in the exchange. There is no word yet on militia casualties.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news