Announcement

Attack on Congolese specialist in the treatment of victims of sexual violence

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Foreign Secretary William Hague deeply dismayed to hear about the attack on Dr Denis Mukwege on 25 October.

Foreign Secretary William Hague has commented on the attack on 25 October on Dr Denis Mukwege, the Congolese specialist in the treatment of victims of sexual violence.

The Foreign Secretary said:

“I was deeply dismayed to hear about the attack on Dr Denis Mukwege on 25 October. Dr Mukwege works tirelessly in very difficult conditions to give hope to women who have suffered the most appalling crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I had the honour of meeting Dr Mukwege during the UN General Assembly when we shared a platform to talk about the issue of sexual violence in conflict. He is a remarkable man. I was relieved to hear that Dr Mukwege and his family are safe but saddened that his guard was murdered during the attack.

“I urge the government of the DRC to investigate the attack promptly to bring to justice those responsible.”