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Democratic Republic of Congo

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th June 2011.

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Photo of Lord Kennedy of Southwark Lord Kennedy of Southwark Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the incidence of violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

The situation for women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remains a serious concern and we monitor the situation closely. Women continue to face unacceptably high levels of sexual violence with limited access to justice and healthcare as reported by non-governmental organisations and UN agencies. The UK has published its National Action Plan to address women, peace and security issues in the DRC. We continue to urge the Government of the DRC to implement fully President Kabila's zero tolerance policy on perpetrators of sexual violence. The most recent quarterly update to Human Rights and Democracy: The 2010 FCO Report notes a welcome increase in convictions for perpetrators of human rights violations in the DRC, but it remains on our list of human rights countries of concern.

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