sexual violence

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: ending rape in war, Khashoggi, forced displacement, North Korea and Mali

On Wednesday, these are the main stories: International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict; the UN independent investigator for the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi presents findings which show State responsibility; in 2018, world hit record number of war-displaced people; South Korea sends food aid to North; new attack in northern Mali.

‘Huge’ stakes, ‘daunting’ job to tackle gender-based violence, UNICEF chief tells ground-breaking conference

One-in-three girls or women will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime, and “the risk multiplies” during a conflict or natural disaster, the Executive Director of UNICEF told delegates attending the first-ever “Ending Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Humanitarian Crises Conference” on Friday, in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

New resolution on sexual violence in conflict, bolsters UN’s ‘survivor-centred’ approach, says top official

A newly-passed Security Council resolution on sexual violence in conflict, “reinforces” the mandate of the UN’s top official dealing with the issue, cementing a “survivor-centred” approach in “all aspects of prevention and response”. That’s according to the UN’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramilla Patten, in an in-depth interview with UN News following the resolution passed late last month.

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Alarm over ‘widespread and repeated’ sexual abuse of refugee men and boys in Libya

According to a new study by the Women’s Refugee Commission into people attempting to reach Italy from North Africa, sexual abuse of refugees is widespread, particularly in Libya’s detention centres. Researcher Sarah Chynoweth spoke to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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The most popular audio tracks from UN News for 2018

In this special edition of our Lid Is On podcast series, we’re bringing you a roundup of the most listened-to audio of 2018 here at UN News. 

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UN investigates systematic sexual violence across South Sudan

Widespread and systematic sexual violence across South Sudan, just a few months after the country’s top two politicians signed a renewed commitment to peace, was at the top of the UN Commission on Human Rights in the country’s agenda on Friday, as members ended their first fact-finding mission.

Hearing ‘horrific’ testimonies from rape survivors in South Sudan, UN envoy says they yearn only for peace

Since the start of the conflict in South Sudan, widespread and systematic sexual violence has been a pervasive tactic of war and terror, said a high-level United Nations envoy, after visiting the war-torn country and hearing “horrific” testimonies.

It’s time to ‘eliminate the scourge of conflict-related sexual violence’, urges UN chief

The effects of conflict-related sexual violence echo across generations, in the form of trauma, stigma, and unwanted pregnancy, said the UN chief on Tuesday, describing the scourge as “a threat to our collective security” and “a stain on our common humanity.”

UN officials urge action to prevent sexual violence in conflict; Rohingya lawyer says ‘Security Council failed us’

The United Nations Security Council has failed to prevent the Rohingya refugee crisis, and the 15-member body must refer sexual violence and other crimes against the ethnic group to the world’s top criminal court, a Rohingya lawyer said on Monday.

News In Brief 09 February 2018

  • More than 85,000 civilians displaced since December while hostilities rage in Yemen: UNHCR
  • Refugee women and children victims of sexual violence
  • Refugees in “grave danger” of flooding and landslides
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