William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie on preventing sexual violence in conflict and post conflict

16 November, 2012

Hague and Jolie meet

Delivering the keynote address, the Foreign Secretary spoke of the urgent need to mobilise global public opinion, to ensure that there is accountability and justice and to increase the number of prosecutions of perpetrators.

 

Monday 12 – Wednesday 14 November 2012 (WP1199)

Preventing sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict situations

“Shattering the culture of impunity for those who use rape as a weapon of war is the next great global challenge of our generation”.

Delivering the keynote address, the Foreign Secretary spoke of the urgent need to mobilise global public opinion, to ensure that there is accountability and justice and to increase the number of prosecutions of perpetrators.

Experts drawn from over 25 countries, including Ministers, senior UN officials and practitioners from countries affected by sexual violence made recommendations on the international normative framework; addressing impunity; early warning indicators; strengthening justice mechanisms; and messaging and communications.  Support for people who have suffered trauma, stigma and illness was identified as a key priority. The balance of shame should shift away from survivors to the perpetrators of crimes.

Participants included:

  • Zainab Bangura, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict
  • Margot Wallstrom, Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Conflict Related Sexual Violence, United Nations; Chairperson
  • Madeleine Rees, Secretary-General of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
  • Serge Brammertz,Prosecutor,International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia,The Hague
  • Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Julia Duncan-Cassell, Minister of Gender and Development, Ministry of Gender and Development, Monrovia
  • Wivine Mumba Matipa, Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Ministry of Justice, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Leila Zerrougui, Under-Secretary-General; Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, United Nations, United Nations Headquarters, New York

 

Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said:

“I am delighted to be working with Foreign Secretary Hague again on the United Kingdom’s initiative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict. In many conflicts, sexual violence is used as a tactic of war, intended to hurt not only a single individual, but their family, their community, their ethnic group. Today this has almost become a rule rather than an exception, and we all must work together to combat the impunity and ensure justice for the victims.”

 

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