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Thursday, 14 July 2011

MEPs call for end to rape in Congo

The European Parliament has urged the international community to halt the mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of Congo […] during its latest plenary session. MEPs pressed the European Commission to release additional funds to combat sexual violence in the Democratic republic of Congo. They also suggested the creation of houses for the victims in conflict areas and setting up a pilot project to improve medical assistance for rape victims. The growing incidence of sexual violence in the region prompted MEPs to point out that 170 people suffered rape or physical violence between 10-12 June in South Kivu, where the same armed group had been implicated in similar atrocities during January 2011. MEPs expressed regret that the international community seemingly lacked the courage to act to halt these "horrifically widespread" crimes. "The time has come to go beyond condemnation," they said, adding that "responsibilities should be assumed by the Congolese government, the EU and the UN to take concrete action".

Source: New Europe