"Widespread and systematic" sexual violence taking place in Syria and Iraq

12 May 2015

Sexual violence is being committed in a widespread, systematic and sophisticated manner in Syria and Iraq, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, has warned.

Zainab Bangura, was speaking in New York following a recent mission to the region.

Violence against women has increased in the region following the emergence of the ISIL terrorist organization.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

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