In this submission to the committee, Human Rights Watch presents information on child soldiers, children in detention, sexual violence against girls, and abuses against street children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

  • Continued presence of children in the ranks of the DRC armed forces and non-state armed groups, and new recruitment of child soldiers, including children who were formerly demobilized.
  • Arbitrary arrest and detention without charge of children allegedly associated with armed opposition groups.
  • Sexual violence against girls, including rape and prostitution, forced marriage, and discrimination against victims of sexual violence and their children.
  • Human rights abuses against street children, including violence by the police and military; arbitrary arrest; and discrimination by families and communities.