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Dispatches: First Congolese General Convicted of Rape | Human Rights Watch

by Anneke Van Woudenbergs

As a rebel leader during the Democratic Republic of Congo’s bloody conflict a decade ago, Gen. Jerome Kakwavu was known for his ruthlessness. Now he will be remembered for something else: as the first Congolese general successfully prosecuted for rape.

Last week, a Congolese military court convicted Kakwavu for the war crimes of rape, murder, and torture and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

For more on this story, visit: Dispatches: First Congolese General Convicted of Rape | Human Rights Watch.

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