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DRC troops blamed for mass rape

2011-07-22 22:10

Geneva - The UN's human rights office says witnesses in the Democratic Republic of Congo have blamed government troops for an incident of mass rape in the east of the country over the New Year.

A United Nations report says at least 47 women were subjected to rape and other sexual assaults over a two day period from December 31 2010 to January 01 2011.

It says 100 soldiers attacked the North Kivu villages of Bushani and Kalambahiro with whips, machetes and rifles, and accused the inhabitants of supporting enemy forces.

The report released on Friday says witnesses and victims identified the perpetrators as government troops but the Congolese military has failed to co-operate with investigators.

Armed groups in the DRC have frequently used rape as a tool of war against perceived enemy supporters.