Congo government troops at center of mass rapes

girl child gathering wood

At least 47 women were raped over a 24 hour period by elements of the Congolese armed forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and no one is being held accountable.

A report by the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) into the mass rapes in North Kivu found there is a need to reinforce not only the country's justice system, but also accountability measures in the DRC.

According to the report, from 31 December to 1 January 2011 allegedly 100 soldiers of the Forces Armées de la République démocratique du Congo (FARDC), armed with whips, batons, machetes, AK47s and rocket launchers had attacked people in North Kivu on the grounds that they were supporting enemy forces.

UN report calls for prosecution of perpetrators of mass rape in DR Congo

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