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Democratic Republic of Congo - Ituri : a need for protection, a thirst for justice

, Index number: AFR 62/032/2003

This report reveals the serious human rights abuses committed in the context of the conflict with in the Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo since March 2003. The victims of these atrocities have mostly been civilians, particularly children and women, caught up in an atmosphere of growing ethnic tension and the violently articulated aspirations of disparate armed groups, many of whom are backed by regional powers. This report also details the need for political dialogue and both national and international legal processes, which are vital to punish the crimes which have been committed.

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