3 600+ cases of sexual violence in DRC

2014-04-10 07:55
The UN rights chief Navi Pillay. (File, AFP)

The UN rights chief Navi Pillay. (File, AFP)

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New York - A new UN report says more than 3 600 women, children and men were subjected to sexual violence in Democratic Republic of Congo over a 4-year period by the country's defence and security forces or armed rebels.

The report, released on Wednesday, said about half the attacks from 2010 through 2013 were by rebel groups and half by government forces.

According to the report, 73% of the 3 635 victims were women, 25% were children and 2% were men. Victims ranged in age from 2 to 80 years old.

While there have been some prosecutions and convictions, the report said most cases "are never investigated or prosecuted, and very few are reported".

The UN human rights chief Navi Pillay told a news conference launching the report that more prosecutions are crucial to fight impunity.
- AP

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