sexual violence

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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Horrors of sexual violence against Syrian boys and men revealed

Disturbing details have emerged of a little-known side to the Syrian conflict: sexual violence against boys and men.

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Legal definition of sexual violence, an imperative for Sudan

With a 16-day global campaign in full swing to end violence against women and girls, transforming the human rights situation in Sudan's turbulent Darfur region, requires clear and distinctive definitions of sexual violence and adultery.

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Issue of violence against women has “always been relevant”

Creator of the multiple Emmy award-winning television series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Bruce Miller, hopes his show becomes “irrelevant very quickly.”

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Somali police officers trained in tackling sexual violence

Fifty-four police officers in Somalia’s South West state have been trained to tackle sexual and gender-based violence as well as conflict-related sexual violence.

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News in Brief 22 August 2017 (AM)

Appeal for justice for ISIL’s women victims in Iraq

Authorities in Iraq are being urged to ensure that thousands of women and girls who survived rape and other sexual violence committed by ISIL fighters receive care, protection and justice.

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Justice vital to help Iraqi victims of ISIL's sexual violence rebuild lives – UN report

The Iraqi Government must ensure that the thousands of women and girls who survived sexual violence by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorist fighters receive care, protection and justice, and that children born because of such violence do not face a life of discrimination and abuse, a United Nations report published today says.