Democratic Republic of Congo Government must end the Unacceptable Sexual Violence in the provinces of Kivu
Released on: February 3, 2008, 7:01 pm
Press Release Author: the Rally for the Independence of Kivu (R.I.K.)
Press Release Summary: RIK vows to declare the independence of Kivu if Kinshasa fails to end the violence that engulfed the provinces of Kivu since 1996.
Press Release Body: The newly created Rally for the Independence of Kivu (R.I.K.) www.rikivu.org threatens to declare the independence of Kivu if Kinshasa fails to end the violence in the provinces of Kivu (Maniema, North & South Kivu) where increasingly sexual violence has become another undeclared war perpetrated by all warring parties against the civilian population.
Among other things, the Rally for the Independence of Kivu (R.I.K.) is demanding the Government of DR Congo to: end the unacceptable violence immediately in the provinces of Kivu, implement a Sexual Violent Victims Compensation Assistance Program that will offer monetary compensation and life-term free medical insurance (physical and psychological) to victims and families of sexual violence, to bring to justice perpetrators of sexual violence without excuses to ensure that those guilty of committing sexual violent are dealt with seriously and to stop the insanity of rewarding violent criminals by appointing the powerful ones to government posts.
According to the spokesperson of RIK, Amede Kyubwa, "the cycle of violence that engulfed the provinces of Kivu since 1996 has been deliberately exacerbated by the guilty inability of Kinshasa to bring perpetrators to justice." RIK calls upon to Kinshasa to restore peace and security in the provinces of Kivu where impunity has become institutionalized, although not officially recognized. "We strongly believe that rewarding criminals is bad policy and sets terrible consequences in promoting the cycle of violence," added Mr. Kyubwa.