Global campaign targets rape in conflict zones

Phil Moore – Amnesty International – Tuesday, 27 November 2012 (originally published 23 Nov)

Woman and child looking at a tank and soilders
In conflict zones like the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, women and girls are often the targets of gender-based violence. Image: © PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of civilians fled in fear this week as the armed group M23 marched into the eastern Congolese city of Goma – worsening an already dire human rights situation. 

Following the city’s fall to the M23 on Tuesday, many more civilians are fleeing and are left with no assistance in an area where they are at significant risk of being caught in crossfire as hostilities intensify.

Amnesty International has documented numerous crimes under international law and other human rights violations committed in the course of fighting between M23 and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) army in recent months . . .

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