Clinton Demands End to Sexual Violence in Congo
August 11, 2009
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday demanded an end to the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war by army and rebel troops fighting in Congo. Clinton spoke in the eastern city of Goma, an epicenter of gang rapes and other sexual assaults in the protracted battle for the country's mineral wealth.
"We have to speak out against the impunity of those in positions of authority who either commit these crimes or condone it," Clinton said. The United States supports UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's recent call for international action to stop the use of sexual violence in war, said Clinton, who promised to press the issue hard with Congo government officials.
08.11.2009; Matthew Lee
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