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London Summit Sees Launch Of International Protocol On Addressing Sexual Violence, Crimes

The Guardian has published several articles related to the ongoing Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, taking place this week in London.

The Guardian: International protocol launched to deal with sexual violence in conflict
“An international protocol for dealing with rape and sexual violence in conflict was launched on Wednesday at a historic London summit on the issue, providing guidelines on the investigation of sex crimes and the collection of evidence for future prosecutions…” (Sherwood, 6/11).

The Guardian: Angelina Jolie: prosecutions can prevent future sexual violence in conflict — video
“Speaking exclusively to the Guardian at the London summit on ending sexual violence in conflict, the Hollywood star said that when rape victims start to see the people who abused them pay for their crimes, the world will undergo a sea change and a line will be drawn under the sense of impunity currently felt by perpetrators…” (Borger/Spera, 6/10).

The Guardian: Sexual violence in war: women must get reparations, says head of U.N. Women
“Women who have experienced sexual violence in conflict need help to get their lives back on track in the form of compensation for the loss of land and livelihoods caused by fighting, as well as psychological support, according to Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the head of U.N. Women…” (Ford, 6/11).

The Guardian: Sexual violence in conflict: no impunity for those who commit crimes against women — video
“U.N. special representative on sexual violence in conflict, Zainab Bangura, talks about progress made in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone but acknowledges that addressing violence in the Central African Republic is impossible at the moment. Setting up a robust judicial process is essential to bring perpetrators to justice…” (Ford/Spera, 6/12).

The Guardian: Child rape addressed at summit on ending sexual violence in conflict
“…Children are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence in conflict, experiencing rape, gang-rape, sexual slavery and forced marriage, according to the U.N.’s special representative on children and armed conflict, Leila Zerrougui…” (Sherwood, 6/11).

The Guardian: Sexual violence cases in Liberia and Ivory Coast a challenge to justice
“…The key, [Kim Thuy Seelinger, director of the sexual violence program at the University of California's human rights center,] said, is strengthening the independence of domestic legal systems; crucial for countries like Liberia and Ivory Coast where the rule of law had completely broken down…” (Ford, 6/11).