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Press Releases 2014

North Kivu:


Following strong increase in volcanic activity in Goma areas, Martin Kobler,

Head of MONUSCO offers support to provincial authorities

 

 

Kinshasa, 13 April 2014: “MONUSCO has offered assistance to the North Kivu authorities and will work closely with North Kivu officials in this new challenge. Assistance will be provided in a timely manner, if required”, said Martin Kobler head of MONUSCO.

 

"I have instructed our Goma office to be ready to assist the North Kivu authorities and to carry out any mission needed to assist the region", added M. Kobler.

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Some progress in the fight against impunity but rape still widespread and largely unpunished
NEW YORK / KINSHASA (9 April 2014) – Rape and sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remain very serious concerns, with thousands of victims, in particular in the east of the country, over the past four years, according to a UN report released Wednesday. The report, launched in New York by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura, also indicates that, while some progress has been made in the fight against impunity for sexual violence, much more needs to be done to hold perpetrators of sexual violence accountable.
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Martin Kobler, the Head of MONUSCO, calls for natural resources that benefit everyone


Goma, 24 March 2014:
Martin Kobler, the Head of MONUSCO  announced this Monday the United Nations’ support for regulated, fair and clean exploitation of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“The United Nations family is prepared to back the exploitation, production and export of clean minerals in DRC. Specifically, it wants to forge an area of peace and stability, to foster the development of the private sector and enhance State revenues and, finally, to insist on social and economic development” said Mr. Martin at the opening ceremony of the mining conference in Goma.

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Martin Kobler announces MONUSCO’s strong support to FARDC operations against the FDLR


Kinshasa, 11 March 2014
: “I urge all FDLR rebels to immediately break away from their leaders who are being prosecuted by justice, otherwise they will be forcibly disarmed,” declared Martin Kobler, the Head of MONUSCO.  

 

MONUSCO calls on all FDLR members to surrender without delay and to join the Disarmament, Demobilization, Repatriation, Reinsertion and Reintegration (DDRRR) process.
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8 March 2014


MONUSCO and UN Women honor Congolese women who, every day, build the societal, economic and political spheres of the country


Kinshasa, 8 March 2014  MONUSCO and UN Women in the DRC join their voices to encourage each and every one to support Congolese women who, while being victims of atrocities as women and mothers, continue fighting to support their family, community and country. The MONUSCO and UN Women in the DRC reiterate their joint engagement with Congolese women in the fight for their dignity, social promotion and the materialization of their rights
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Martin Kobler, MONUSCO Chief, welcomes ICC decision on Congolese warlord


Kinshasa, 7 March 2014
: Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in the DRC, expressed his strong appreciation following the verdict rendered earlier today by the International Criminal Court which found former militia leader Germain Katanga guilty as an accessory to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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North Kivu:

Martin Kobler, head of MONUSCO, strongly condemns the grenade attack on a MONUSCO convoy in Beni

 

 

 

Kinshasa, 03 Mars 2014: On Monday, a MONUSCO vehicle was attacked with grenades in the Beni region of North Kivu.

 

“This attack directed against MONUSCO is unacceptable and will not in any way diminish our support to the FARDC in the fight against armed groups,” Martin Kobler said. He further declared that “our mandate is to neutralize all illegal armed groups in the eastern DRC, and we are committed to implementing it.”

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Martin Kobler, MONUSCO Chief deplores last night’s violence in Bukavu, South-Kivu province

Kinshasa, 21 February 2014: Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in the DRC has expressed deep concerns over yesterday’s acts of violence in Bukavu, “such events appeal to everyone’s conscience. I wish to remind the shared responsibility of political actors as well as administrative and security officials. Preserving peace and security for all as well as respect for human rights is everyone’s responsibility.”
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North Kivu:


Martin Kobler, MONUSCO Chief, is seriously concerned by allegations of brutal acts against the population
of Masisi territory

 

Kinshasa, 13 February 2014: MONUSCO received reports about several gross human rights violations including a summary execution of over 70 men and women committed in the Nyamaboko villages I and II, Masisi territory, North Kivu province.  

Martin Kobler, MONUSCO Chief expresses “serious concern over the allegations of the gross human rights violations deemed unacceptable; any person involved in such acts should face justice.”

The reports received by MONUSCO suggest that the summary executions were allegedly committed mainly by armed groups to spread terror among the population. The majority of the victims were killed with machete. MONUSCO shall spare no efforts to neutralize all the armed groups responsible for such acts. MONUSCO mission is on the ground to verify the allegations.

Martin Kobler head of MONUSCO strongly condemns the killing of MONUSCO staff in Beni


Kinshasa, 05 February 2014
: “One MONUSCO national staff was shot dead this morning while going to work. On behalf of the entire Mission I strongly condemn this killing”, said Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the Secretary General in DRC, and Head of MONUSCO.

Martin Kobler added:” I urge the authorities to immediately launch an inquiry and arrest the perpetrators of this horrible act; the persons involved should be brought to justice as soon as possible.”

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