Security Sector Reform

DR Congo: UN report spotlights human rights violations amid wider calls for security reform

Published October 15, 2014 by UN News Centre
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15 October 2014 – The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) must accelerate security sector reform and punish those who violate human rights in the name of the law, top United Nations officials declared today, amid reports of serious human rights violations in the African country.

UN Peacekeepers Are Targets in Restive Northern Mali

Published October 14, 2014 by Voice of America
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BAMAKO, MALI—In the past 15 months, more than 30 United Nations peacekeepers have been killed and 90 wounded in attacks in Mali. Drug-running and jihadism are contributing to the deteriorating security situation as the fledgling government searches for ways to consolidate a fragile peace.

Clashes, deadly attacks and the return of drug traffickers and jihadists have had a heavy impact on the security situation in northern Mali.

UN force commanders brief Security Council on challenges facing ‘blue helmets’

Published October 9, 2014 by UN News Centre
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9 October 2014 – From Mali to the Golan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, United Nations peacekeeping missions are facing increasing challenges as they operate in some of the most difficult security environments around the world, senior UN military officials told the Security Council today as they weighed field strategy for the world body’s “blue helmets.”

Rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo slow to disarm

Published October 1, 2014 by Deutsche Welle
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The Democratic Republic of Congo wants to disarm and disband rebels on its territory. But very few are handing themselves in voluntarily. Some blame the bleak prospects awaiting them once they have taken this step.

UN troops gave the rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo six months to disarm. During this timeframe rebels from Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) were expected to voluntarily lay down their weapons.

Congo Rebel Group Faces Military Action Over Failure to Disarm

Published September 30, 2014 by Blooomberg
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The largest remaining illegal foreign-armed group operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo faces military action unless it demobilizes within three months, the U.S. ambassador to the country said.

Central African Republic: UN Peacekeeping Dilemmas in CAR

Published September 19, 2014 by IRIN News
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London — The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) takes over responsibilities of the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) on 15 September 2014

Peacekeeping Missions Lack Trust In Central African Republic

Renee Montagne talks to Graeme Wood, of The New Republic, about his trip to Central African. He traveled with support from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for the Prevention of Genocide.

UNAMID peacekeeper released in Darfur

Published May 2, 2014 by World Bulletin
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A peacekeeper of the UN-AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) kidnapped two months ago in Sudan's restive Darfur region has been freed safely, the mission said on Thursday.

Kerry Announces Progress Toward Peacekeeping Force In South Sudan

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Ethiopia on the first leg of a visit to Africa. He hinted at possible ways to end the conflict in South Sudan, saying that "terms and a timeline" for military intervention had been decided.

Perpetrators of attack on European mission in Kosovo must be brought to justice – UN

Published April 28, 2014 by UN News Centre
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28 April 2014 – A senior United Nations official today condemned a recent attack on two vehicles belonging to the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) and called for ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

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