Case #2916

Country of Origin: 
Congo, Democratic Republic
Type of persecution: 
Rape or sexual violence (non-domestic and non-gang))
Gender of applicant: 
Female

Case Summary

IJ granted asylum on March 15, 2004. (Chicago). The applicant was detained, tortured and threatened with death by the Congolese government because of the political opinions of her live-in boyfriend. Her boyfriend held frequent political meetings at their home with his fellow university students. She did not participate in the meetings, and her boyfriend would not admit to her that the meetings were political in nature. Her boyfriend disappeared in April 2001. Less than a month later, the applicant was taken from her home and imprisoned by government officials for about 30 days. During her detention, government officials threatened her, interrogated her about her boyfriend and about her own political beliefs. They also beat and gang-raped her. One government official helped her leave the country but told her that if she were to return, she would be killed because of her association with her boyfriend and the assumption that she shared his beliefs. He also informed her that her boyfriend had already been killed.

Date Submitted

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 - 00:00