Ban Appeals To Kabila To End Sexual Violence In DRC

symptoms geneva; line-height: 200%; font-size: small;”>According to a statement from UN, dosage Kabila met Ban on September 25 on the sidelines of the General Assembly in New York, United States.

“They exchanged views on the situation in the DRC and the region, including the status of the Kampala talks. They agreed on the need for all signatories to move forward in the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework,” the statement reads in part.

“The Secretary-General encouraged the Government of the DRC to continue its efforts to implement its national commitments and to show continued leadership in combating sexual violence.”

The Congolese army, known by its acronym FARDC, has in the past come under international criticism for war crimes including rape, mass murder, burning of villages and desecration of dead war victims’ bodies.

A joint UN report released in May indicated that Congolese armed forces raped more than 102 women and 33 girls, some as young as six years old, as they fled the advance of M23 rebels.


The report consisted details of victims and eyewitness accounts of mass rape, killings, arbitrary executions and other gross violations of human rights. In a statement, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said then: “Those responsible for such crimes must know that they will be prosecuted.”

He further called the sexual violence outlined in the report “horrifying” in scale and systematic nature.Details of the talks between Kabila and Ban on Kampala’s peace process remain unknown.

Addressing the UN General Assembly earlier, Kabila noted the irony that part of the problem stemmed from the DRC’s willingness to accept refugees in the wake of the Rwandan genocide of 1994.

Without peace, sustainable development in the DRC remained “only hypothetical,” he said noting that the eastern region, particularly in and around the flashpoint city of Goma, has seen little respite from fighting.

Mr. Kabila thanked the UN, regional African organizations and the European Union for their aid and support.

He pledged his country’s full support to the recently agreed regional accord, formally known as the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region.

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