Congolese soldiers "raped at least 35 women" in eastern DRC: UN

Soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been accused of raping at least 35 women and looting shops in the small town of Fizi in the eastern part of the country.

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It follows two separate investigations by United Nations human rights experts in villages in South Kivu.

Rupert Colville, the spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says 11 soldiers including four senior officers are currently being detained in the town of Uvira.

“Two separate investigations by the Joint Human Rights Office in DRC have discovered that at least 35 women were raped in Fizi, 32 people wounded and this was by soldiers of the 43rd FARDC sector. That’s the Congolese National Army, and it was on the night of January 1st. A further 11 people were arrested by the soldiers and 14 shops were looted in Fizi centre.”

Rupert Colville said there was a separate incident in Masisi territory in North Kivu where soldiers committed 32rapes.

The victims included two pregnant women and one 16-year old girl.

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