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UN Raises Minova Rape Count to 126, Ladsous Won't Name Units

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, December 18 -- The number of rapes by Congolese forces in Minova, covered up and stonewalled by top UN Peacekeeper Herve Ladsous, rose on Tuesday to 126 rapes, between November 20 and 30. So far a grand total of two Congolese soldiers have been arrested.

  Inner City Press on December 18 asked the UN, is that enough? And what will be done?

  On November 27, Inner City Press asked Ladsous, what about the rapes at Minova? Ladsous refused to answer, and went so far as to summon favored correspondents into the hallway, video here. (None wrote of the rapes that day or next.)

  On December 7, Ladsous again refused to answer, this time Inner City Press' question about how Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's supposed Human Rights Due Diligence Policy would apply to those FARDC units involved in the rapes.

   Ladsous' Department of Peacekeeping Operations has refused to say which units were in Minova -- Inner City Press, based on sources in Minova, has named the 802 Regiment and 1001 Regiment -- and has refused to list which FARDC units it works with, and has ever suspended support to.

Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky continued this refusal on Tuesday, saying again and again it is under investigation. But DPKO knows which units it has used public money to support. And they have refused to say it.

Here is a French language profile of Ladsous, from Billets d'Afrique, even before his refusal to answer on Congolese army rapes. But his Minova stonewalling is a new low, and would seem to require action. Watch this site.

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