The envoy spearheading United Nations efforts to combat sexual violence in
conflict has voiced concern over allegations that migrants from the Democratic
Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Angola continue to be subjected to human rights
abuse, including rape, in the process of being expelled from the country.
“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
“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
“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.