UN Envoy Urges African States to Stiffen Laws on Preventing Rape
August 11, 2009
In a statement issued ahead of the third International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, the UN secretary-general's special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa called on the region's nine nations to "take ownership of efforts to prevent rape and conflict situations." Elizabeth Mataka said rape is still being carried out in the region, with some attacks including horrific acts of mutilation. No effort should be spared to bring an end to these atrocities, said Mataka, who called on regional authorities to compensate rape victims and pay for their medical and psychological treatment.
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