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

 

Attacks On Civilians In Eastern Dr Congo

Rebels Resume Attacks On Civilians In Eastern Dr Congo – UN

New York, Dec 17 2008 7:10PM

Elements from a mainly Tutsi rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are continuing to commit abuses, beating and detaining civilians and pillaging businesses and private homes, the United Nations reported today, calling for an end to the violence.

The UN Mission in the DRC, known by its French acronym MONUC , said the abuses by the National Congress in Defence of the People (CNDP) of renegade general Laurent Nkunda were taking place in Kiwanja in North Kivu province, which has seen an upsurge of fighting between the rebels and the Government army.

“I wish to tell Mr. Laurent Nkunda to put an end to these abuses and violations,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Alan Doss told a news conference in Kinshasa, the DRC capital.

“I have also asked the Government to stop the actions of other armed groups in North Kivu, including the FDLR, which are not respecting the ceasefire and commit abuses,” he said, referring to the mainly Hutu Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda.

“From the humanitarian point of view, the consequences for the civilian population are disastrous,” he added of the resurgence of fighting, which has uprooted an estimated 250,000 people since August, beyond the 800,000 driven from their homes by earlier violence.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 


Tale Of Two Pandemics: Follow The Science And Do Not Forget One At The Cost Of The Other

Covid-19 has posed innumerable health, economic, and social challenges for all, including people living with HIV. It has exposed the fragility of health systems around the globe and has diverted political attention and funding from other infectious diseases like TB and HIV... More>>


UN: Rights Chief Calls For Prompt Release Of Protestors Held In Cuba
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday called for the prompt release of protestors and journalists detained during anti-government demonstrations in Cuba, some of whom are being held incommunicado... More>>



Scarce Goods: Isolating Daraa Al-Balad Threatens 40,000 With Starvation

The siege imposed by the Syrian government forces on Daraa al-Balad since June 24 would lead to serious humanitarian repercussions if it continues, Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor said in a statement on July 15, calling for lifting the siege urgently and allowing the entry of basic humanitarian supplies... More>>


Focus On: UN SDGs



Shaping The Future Of Food Systems: Thousands Commit To Dialogues Amidst The COVID-19 Pandemic

More than 130 governments are making food systems a top priority amid the pandemic and committing to an unprecedented programme of Dialogues in the run up to the UN Food Systems Summit in September... More>>

UN: Play:Fair For People And Planet – A Major United Nations Music Activation
organized by the UN SDG Action Campaign in partnership with Music Innovation Hub, Keychange, the city of Milan, the Milan Triennale, and partners from the SDG Music Network, will be held at an unexpected location in the center of Milan, Italy, taking into account safety measures with a limited on-site audience consisting of activists and fans... More>>


UN: Next 18 Months Seen As Pivotal In Global Efforts To Achieve Key Goals

Next 18 months seen as pivotal in global efforts to reverse punishing pandemic impacts and boost actions to achieve key goals - Even as pandemic erases decades of gains in development, response efforts show signs of renewed global commitment to accelerate SDG progress... More>>