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Press Releases 2014

Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, urges all to save children of DRC from the scourge of war


UN report on Children and Armed Conflict in the DRC
More than 6,000 children victims of conflict related violence in DRC

 

 

Kinshasa, 21 July, 2014: More than 6 000 Congolese children were victims of violence between January 2010 and December 2013, reveals a UN report on the impact of the conflict on children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, launched today in New York.

Many children were recruited to fight with armed groups. Others were raped, abducted and their schools attacked.

“Statistics are one thing, but behind every single case there is a tragedy for a child, a family, a community. I have spoken to children who served in armed groups with weapons almost too big for them and listened to their heartbreaking stories of the atrocities they witnessed and were sometimes forced to commit”, declared Martin Kobler, the head of MONUSCO.

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Martin Kobler, head of MONUSCO, calls for restoration of calm on the border between the DRC and Rwanda

 

Kinshasa, 11 June 2014: Martin Kobler, head of MONUSCO, is concerned by the clashes which took place on 11 June between Congolese and Rwandan armed forces in the border area of Kibumba. He calls on all sides to deescalate tensions and to refrain from any further acts of violence. He also deplored the loss of human lives during the incident.

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Martin Kobler, the head of MONUSCO, condemns the recent violence between communities in South Kivu and calls for the immediate end to the clashes.

 

 

Kinshasa, 08 June 2014 - Violent clashes took place last Friday between the Bafuliru and Barundi/Banyamulenge communities in Uvira, South Kivu province. The inter-ethnical clashes claim many victims. At least thirty dead and fifteen injured were reported.

“This violence is unacceptable and must stop immediately,” said Martin Kobler, the head of MONUSCO.

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Joint Statement by the Special Envoys for the Great Lakes on the FDLR
Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region Mary Robinson, U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Russ Feingold, Special Representative of the African Union Boubacar Diarra, European Union Senior Coordinator for the Great Lakes Region KoenVervaeke, and UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in the DRC Martin Kobler note the letter of April 18, 2014, signed by a representative of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), in which the author stated that the FDLR declared it would lay down its weapons on May 30, 2014, in two locations in North and South Kivu.  Reports indicate that no such activity took place in South Kivu, and up until now, an insignificant number of low ranking combatants surrendered in North Kivu.
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Martin Kobler, Représentant Spécial du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies et Chef de la MONUSCO

Zainab Hawa Bangura, Représentante Spéciale du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies chargée de la question des violences sexuelles commises en période de conflit 

Ces haut responsables onusiens exigent un arrêt immédiat des expulsions des ressortissants de la RDC et demandent aux autorités de la République du Congo (Brazzaville) d’enquêter sur les allégations de violations des droits de l’homme

 

Kinshasa, Nairobi et New-York, 26 Mai 2014 – Depuis le 4 avril 2014, plus de 130 000 ressortissants de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) ont été expulsés de la République du Congo (Brazzaville). Les expulsions ont créé une crise humanitaire aiguë et il y a des allégations de violations des droits de l’homme. Les Nations Unies ont reçu des informations faisant état d’abus physiques, de mauvais traitement, et de violences sexuelles infligés aux citoyens de la RDC lors de leur expulsion.

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MONUSCO reacts to Minova ruling


Kinshasa, 05 May 2014:
MONUSCO takes note of the ruling that was passed on Monday 5 May in Goma by the “Cour militaire opérationnelle du Nord-Kivu” (Military Operational Court of North-Kivu) against 39 soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC), who were charged with rape and other crimes committed in Minova and surrounding localities during the month of November 2012.

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Lake Kivu


Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, deplores loss of lives in a shipwreck on Lake Kivu.

MONUSCO mobilized in support of the victims.

 

Kinshasa, 05 May 2014 – “It is with a very heavy heart that I learned today’s shipwreck on Lake Kivu. My thoughts are with the families of the victims and those still missing, we all share their sorrow,” declared Martin Kobler, the Head of MONUSCO.

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Katanga:


Martin Kobler expresses MONUSCO’s solidarity with Congolese people
following the railway tragedy in Kamina

 

Kinshasa, 23 April 2014 - Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO expresses heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims of the tragic train accident in the vicinity of Kamina. Mr. Kobler offered MONUSCO’s support to the local authorities as part of rescue efforts. “I instructed our services to bring all the necessary assistance to provincial authorities and population,” said the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in the DRC.
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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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