Posted by: africanpressorganization | 8 July 2009

Democratic Republic of Congo / The overall situation in the DRC continued to pose many complex challenges.

 

 


 

 

Democratic Republic of Congo / The overall situation in the DRC continued to pose many complex challenges.

 

 

KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) July 8, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general.

 

The latest report of the Secretary-General on the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) has been released as a document today.

 

In the report, the Secretary-General says the overall situation in the DRC continued to pose many complex challenges.  In the eastern part of the country, the report says that the security situation remained volatile and the humanitarian situation deteriorated.

 

The Secretary-General further notes that military operations against foreign armed groups and the remaining Congolese armed groups have resulted in attacks by these groups against civilians.  This has led to high levels of additional population displacements and human rights abuses.  These abuses include increased sexual violence, carried out sometimes by Government security forces.

 

On the issue of sexual and gender-based violence the report says that military commanders, police investigating officers and magistrates have continued to encourage families of rape victims to accept out-of-court settlements, a situation that’s perpetuating the pervasive culture of impunity.

 

SOURCE 

United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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