91 Violations Of Children’s Rights Recorded In DR Congo In December 2021

A total of 91 violations of children’s rights were reported in Dec. 2021 as a result of the armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A total of 91 violations of children’s rights were reported in Dec. 2021 as a result of the armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to a just-published report of the Section for the Protection of Children of the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), sexual violence has become the most frequent, with 28 recorded last month followed by abductions which stood at 25, and killings and mutilations at 18.

There were also 15 cases of recruitment and use of child soldiers, 14 attacks on schools and hospitals and one rejection of humanitarian access.

Twenty-two of the confirmed violations were attributed to the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO), 20 to the Apa na Pale rebel group, seven to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), seven attributed to unexploded ordinances (UXO), six to the Mai-Mai Nyatura, five to the Alliance of Patriots for a Free and Sovereign Congo (APFSC), five to Fimbo na Fimbo rebel group, three to Mai-Mai Masembe, two attributed to the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (DFLR), two to Mai-Mai Malaika, two to Nduma Defense du Congo-Renove (NDC-Renove), and one to an unidentified Mai-Mai group.

State actors were involved in nine violations with the DR Congo national army responsible for five and the national police responsible for four.

Also, 31 violations were confirmed in Ituri, 31 in North Kivu, 27 in Tanganyika and two in South Kivu.

The 91 violations of children’s rights reported in Dec. 2021 due to the armed conflict represented a drop of 37 per cent as compared to the month of Nov. 2021 when there were 144 violations.

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