Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi calls for “sincere” judicial cooperation between Congolese national authorities and international bodies to “highlight” sexual violence perpetrated by World Health Organization agents in the Democratic Republic of Congo, between 2018 and 2020, in response to the Ebola epidemic.
Following the publication of an independent report confirming this week that 21 of the 83 cases of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by United Nations staff, President Tshisekedi expressed his “indignation”, “condemned by the insignificant facts”, but still “Greeted. “From the WHO for publicly condemning these crimes committed by its agents,” government spokesman Patrick Muyaya announced after the October 1 Council of Ministers.
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Donor countries raise the tone For several months, donor countries have condemned the slowness of the inquiry and the lack of transparency in the WHO on sexual violence. This time they punch the table. The United States, the European Union, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and the United Kingdom sign a joint declaration stating that they are “appalled” and surprised that such acts have not been reported “nor to the WHO or member states’ leadership”. They demand “the full commitment of the international organization and its leaders to achieve zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and violence”.
Without result, the European Commission threatens to cut funding for the WHO. The EU and all donor countries also demand justice for the victims.