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UN: Over 3,600 cases of sexual violence in Congo

10 April 2014, 06:40

United Nations — A new U.N. report says more than 3,600 women, children and men were subjected to sexual violence in Congo over a four-year period by the country's defense and security forces or armed rebels.

The report, released Wednesday, said about half the attacks from 2010 through 2013 were by rebel groups and half by government forces.

According to the report, 73 percent of the 3,635 victims were women, 25 percent were children and 2 percent were men. Victims ranged in age from 2 to 80 years old.

While there have been some prosecutions and convictions, the report said most cases "are never investigated or prosecuted, and very few are reported."

U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay told a news conference launching the report that more prosecutions are crucial to fight impunity.

- AP


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