(Ottawa, may 10) -Since the wars in DR Congo, women and girls were victims of rape and sexual violence. Acts committed in violation of international human rights law and humanitarian law.
Efforts were made to put an end to barbaric acts committed by all armed groups. But rape cases are increasing and the authors still at large.
Vision GRAM-International is deeply concerned by the existence of impunity and lack of justice for victims.
« In recent years, there have been some prosecutions in Congolese military courts of army soldiers and some officers allegedly responsible for crimes of sexual violence and other serious human rights abuses. Yet the vast majority of perpetrators have not been punished; many have instead been promoted or rewarded. When judicial proceedings do happen, basic international standards are often not respected, including with regard to the quality of investigations, the respect of the rights of the accused…
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