UN envoy voices concern over abuse of DR Congo migrants expelled from Angola
“These allegations include rape, beatings, looting and torture by security forces of the Government of Angola,” said Margot Wallström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, in a statement.
“The most recent incidents would have occurred in the village of Tshiambi in the Republic of Angola between 4 and 7 October 2011 along the common border with Kasai Occidental [province] in the Democratic Republic of Congo.”
She urged both the Angolan and DRC authorities to urgently investigate the alleged abuse with a view to holding the perpetrators accountable, in line with the joint communiqué issued by Angola and the UN in March.
Ms. Wallström called upon the two countries to use the previously established Angola-DRC Mixed Commission to address the issue of migrant communities and expulsions.
“I remind all parties that rape can be a crime against humanity, no less grave than other crimes, and that perpetrators will be held accountable. We continue to monitor this and other incidents of alleged conflict-related sexual violence, wherever they occur, and stand in solidarity with the survivors,” she added.