DR Congo: Brutal Rapes by Rebels and Army

Rwandan rebel forces, government army soldiers, and their allies have raped at least 90 women and girls since late January 2009 in the volatile North and South Kivu provinces of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Human Rights Watch said today. The Rwandan rebel forces have also been implicated in the deaths of most of the 180 civilians killed during this period.

The United Nations Security Council will discuss on April 9 the latest report by the UN secretary-general on the peacekeeping force in Congo. Human Rights Watch called on the UN Security Council to press the Congolese government to remove human rights abusers from its armed forces and end rights violations, including attacks against women and girls.

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North Kivu: No end to war on women and children

Although a peace agreement was signed months ago, Amnesty International has found substantial evidence that armed groups in North Kivu are still committing crimes under international law, including unlawful killings, rape, torture, and the recruitment and use of child soldiers, even after the armed groups promised to immediately end these abuses in a 23 January 2008 “Act of Engagement”.

Government security forces have also unlawfully detained and in some cases tortured and ill-treated captured children, and continue to rape and otherwise sexually abuse women and girls.

The political background of this conflict is very complex, involving many armed groups like the FDLR, the CNDP, the PARECO or rhe Mayi Mayi milicia as well as different ethnic groups, including Rwandan Hutus and Tutsis.

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