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Friday, July 17, 2009

Human Rights Watch Calls for Investigatsions in Congo for Rapes by Army Officers

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo should urgently investigate and prosecute senior army officials allegedly involved or complicit in rampant sexual crimes against women and girls, as part of its efforts to combat sexual violence, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Human Rights Watch also called for a series of other actions to prevent sexual violence during conflict in Congo.

The 62-page report, "Soldiers Who Rape, Commanders Who Condone: Sexual Violence and Military Reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo," documents persistent sexual violence by the army, and the limited impact of government and donor efforts to address the problem.

link: Congo-Kinshasa: Hold Army Commanders Responsible for Rapes (Page 1 of 2)


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