UN helps DR Congo to address human rights abuses

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Ivan Simonovic (second from left), Assistant Secretary-General in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and Scott Campbell (right of Mr. Simonovic), OHCHR Director in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

Human rights abuses, including sexual violence, are one of the challenges that the Democratic Republic of the Congo is facing, according to UN human rights experts.

A case that made news is that of mass rapes of over 130 women and girls by members of the Congolese Army during thee pillaging of the eastern town of Minova in November 2012.

Early in May the UN human rights office said it was disappointed by the judgment of a military court which condemned 26 of the soldiers, including two for rape and one for murder.

The rest were convicted of more minor charges such as looting and disobedience.

André-Michel Essoungou discussed the human rights situation in the DR Congo with Scott Campbell, the Director of the UN human rights office in the country, who first spoke about the work of his office.

Duration:  4'54"

 

 

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