Canada's Role in Ending the Conflict-Driven Rape in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Six Canadian and one international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are jointly calling on the Canadian federal government to take a proactive role in ending the violent sexual assault against men, women and children in the D.R.C. The NGOs have issued a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and members of his cabinet to intervene in the escalating violence in the D.R.C.; and stress the need to act on the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1794 and 1820. The NGOs also intend to highlight the increased risk of HIV infection that results from systematic sexual violence.
A press conference to be jointly supported by the Canadian Treatment Action Council (CTAC); the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network; Amnesty International (Canada); Dignitas; the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD); the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW) and the Stephen Lewis Foundation to highlight the human rights violations, pain and suffering being endured by the people in the eastern D.R.C.
Speakers will include:
~Stephen Lewis, Chair, Stephen Lewis Foundation & Former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa
~Louise Binder, Chair, Canadian Treatment Action Council
~Sandra K. Chu, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Toronto City Hall Members' Lounge