UN criticises DRC for mass rapes

2010-09-17 22:15

New York - The UN Security Council on Friday strongly criticised the Democratic Republic of Congo government for mass rapes in the country and demanded swift efforts to catch those behind "gross human rights violations".

Hundreds of women and children were raped by militia groups in eastern DR Congo in late July and early August, in acts that drew widespread international condemnation.

The Security Council called on the DR Congo government "to ensure a swift and fair prosecution of the perpetrators of these terrible crimes and to inform the Security Council on measures undertaken".

A council presidential statement also called on the government "to condemn these atrocities and provide effective assistance to the victims of sexual abuse".

It made an "urgent call" for the government to work with UN forces "to put an end to impunity, in particular those bearing responsibility for gross human rights must be held to account".