Rape and sexual violence remain serious concerns in DR Congo

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Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Rape and sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo remain very serious concerns, according to a United Nations report released on Wednesday.

The report says thousands have been victims of rape and sexual violence, in particular in the eastern part of the D.R. Congo over the past four years.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, told journalists in New York that the report acknowledges the efforts of the Congolese authorities and progress made in recent years in fighting impunity.

"However, it notes that much more needs to be done to hold perpetrators of sexual violence accountable. The aim of the report is to assist the authorities in the DRC in their efforts to fight impunity for these human rights violations as well as to recommend appropriate steps for the DRC authorities and the international community to take in addressing these issues." (26")

Navi Pillay called on the authorities in the DR Congo to prioritize the fight against impunity for crimes of sexual violence.

She urged them to promptly complete effective and independent investigations and to prosecute alleged perpetrators, including those suspected of having command responsibility.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

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