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DR Congo Records Drop In Rape Cases

The Democratic Republic of Congo, which has one of the highest rates of rape of  women in the world registered a marked drop in incidences in August, 2020, the United Nations Joint Bureau on Human Rights, reported in September.

According to the report published on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, the reduction in rape cases in August as compared to July figures  was registered in the Democratic Republic of Congo provinces of North Kivu, Upper Katanga and South Kivu.

Among the rape cases reported, 12 were carried out by state agents, while combatants of armed groups carried out 10 rapes on adults.

These figures are largely smaller than sexual violence perpetrated by armed groups and state agents which were attributed with 22 cases  each during the month of July, 2020.

Thirteen women were victims of sexual violence in the North Kivu province, especially in the Rutshuru and Nyiragongo territories all of which were carried out by combatants of the Nduma Defense of Congo Renovated (NDC-R) rebel group and the Nyaruta fighters. Four victims were also registered in Tangayika province and three in Ituri.

The United Nations Joint Bureau on Human Rights is composed of a Human Rights Division of the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Bureau of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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