Louise Arbour “appalled” by sexual violence

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour says that she is appalled by the level of sexual and gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi.

“I have to say the level of sexual violence and its intensity is pretty surprising and appalling…Gender-based violence is not just an affront to dignity; it is a form of torture and absolute brutal physical and mental assault on the victims.”

For more information on sexual violence against women, check out the work of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.