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Although Congo has prohibited torture in its Constitution, the related definition, provisions and legislative measures do not meet the country’s international commitments under the Convention against Torture. Dozens of political opponents, some of whom are prisoners of conscience, remain in detention, where there are numerous allegations of torture and other ill-treatment. Impunity around cases of enforced disappearance, torture and ill-treatment, including brutality and excessive use of force during police operations, still prevails, contributing to massive human rights violations. In its most recent review, the Committee Against Torture also noted a very large number of women victims of sexual violence in times of conflict and cases of sexual violence against increasingly young girls.

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