Disappointing judgement for victims of rape in DRC, says UNHCR

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Rape victims receive treatment at the Panzi hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: IRIN (file photo, July 2011)

The UN says it is disappointed by the judgement of a military court in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) against 39 Congolese military.

They were accused of rapes and crimes committed in Minova and its surroundings in November 2012.

The Court condemned 26 members of the Congolese Army, including two for rape, one for murder and most of the rest on more minor charges such as looting and disobedience.

Fourteen officers were acquitted.

United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) said the judiciary did not meet the expectations of the numerous victims of rape in the country.

Vannina Maestracci is Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

” The High Commissioner's Spokesperson, Rupert Colville, said that the judiciary did not meet the expectations of the numerous victims of rape who fully participated in the trial. He added that the outcome of the trial confirms shortcomings in the administration of justice in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.” (0'13")

A report issued in May 2013 by OHCHR documented 135 cases of sexual violence perpetrated by Congolese military in and around the town of Minova.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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