Statement on Dr. Denis Mukwege in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

54Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides on Dr. Denis Mukwege in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Following information pointing to a new attempt on the life of Dr. Mukwege, we want to restate the European Union’s unconditional support for the Panzi Hospital and the life-saving work of Dr. Mukwege for the women and children – victims of sexual violence.

Dr. Mukwege is a man of outstanding bravery, a recent winner of the Sakharov Price, who supports the victims of one of the most despicable forms of violence.

We urge the authorities in the DRC to fulfil their responsibility to guarantee his personal security and to allow the Panzi Hospital to continue serving its patients in the best possible way.

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