Democratic Republic of Congo
The SANDF has dispatched investigators to the DRC to investigate the allegations, which include reports that one of the victims was a minor at the time.
Kabila’s refusal to step down at the end of his mandate in December 2016 has triggered a series of street protests in which scores have been killed in Kinshasa.
“A massive humanitarian crisis has been unfolding in the Congo almost unnoticed,” said Mark Smith, World Vision’s emergencies chief.
The main responsibility of the 47 countries that sit on the council is to promote and protect human rights around the world.
Human Rights Watch researcher Ida Sawyer said on Twitter that at least 26 people were killed by security forces.
Opposition protests in Kinshasa in September have left dozens dead, with the protesters retaliating by burning police officers in turn.
According to the ambassador Bene M’Poko, election protesters have threatened to occupy and burn down the building.
The country's first cases of the deadly disease were detected earlier this year and the virus has since found its way to the capital, where large-scale transmission is a looming risk. Luckily, there is a highly effective vaccine - but about 7 million people in Kinshasa alone have never been vaccinated.
This year I've travelled to some pretty difficult places. My work has taken me to war-torn Central African Republic (CAR) and to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Africa. I have also travelled to the border of Serbia and Macedonia where I met refugees fleeing the fighting in Syria, Iraq and Somalia. In particular, I remember meeting children far too familiar with the sound of gunfire.
Like Genocide, Slavery and Torture, Sexual Violence During Conflict Must Be Challenged and Eradicated
The UK Government has played a key role in starting what will be a long and difficult road to ending sexual violence in conflict. It is time for it to show it has the mettle and the motivation to stay the course.