Preliminary report of mass rapes and other human rights violations in Walikale territory (Sep. 2010)
From 30 July to 2 August 2010, a coalition of forces of the Mayi Mayi Cheka and the Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR) as well as forces under Colonel Emmanuel Nsengiyumva, a total of at least 200 fighters, systematically attacked civilians in 13 villages along the Kibua-Mpofi road in Walikale territory, province of North Kivu. The assailants looted most of these villages, committed mass rapes of women, me and children, abducted civilians and used them to forced labour. The UNJHRO deployed a special fact-finding team from 25 August to 2 September 2010 in order to conduct an in-depth investigation into these human rights violations. The team visited the 13 villages targeted by the perpetrators and gathered more than 300 witness statements from different sources. This is a preliminary report of the results of the investigation conducted by the team.
See the press release from JHRO and OHCHR.
Date of publication: 24 September 2010