Justice may be delayed, but not denied,’ Security Council told at debate on sexual violence in conflict

Justice may be delayed, but not denied,’ Security Council told at debate on sexual violence in conflict

At a Security Council debate today on sexual violence in conflict, senior United Nations officials stressed that in the past decade, the world has witnessed a fundamental shift in the way the issue is understood and addressed as a peace and security concern.

“Over the past decade, I have sought to do whatever I can to end sexual violence in conflict and uphold the rights of women and girls everywhere,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the 15-member body as he briefed them on his annual report, which covers 19 situations of concern and lists dozens of parties who systematically commit these crimes.
Sexual violence as ‘tactic of terrorism’

“One extremely disturbing aspect is the use of sexual violence as a tactic of terrorism. Da’esh (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL), Boko Haram and other extremist groups are using sexual violence as a means of attracting and retaining fighters, and to generate revenue,” the UN chief said (…)
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