Statement on Attack on Congolese Human Rights Activist

U.S. Department of State - Washington, D.C.

The United States calls on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to investigate thoroughly the events of the October 25 attack on Dr. Denis Mukwege, of Panzi Hospital. We note the prompt response of local law enforcement officials and the UN, and urge Congolese authorities to hold the perpetrators of this senseless violence accountable – and all those who perpetrate violence against the women and girls served by humanitarians as Dr. Mukwege.

A skilled surgeon, Dr. Mukwege has worked tirelessly not only for the health of women in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, but also for peace in a troubled region. The United States expresses our deep concern over the attack. We are relieved that he is safe, and offer our condolences to the family of his guard, Joseph Bizimana, who was killed while defending Dr. Mukwege.

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