sexual violence

‘Opportunity lost’ as new anti-rape laws in India fail to address root causes – UN expert

Laws recently passed in India to prevent and prosecute rape and other sex crimes “do not go far enough,” a United Nations independent expert said today, lamenting that the legislation failed to address systemic gender inequalities in Indian society.

Security Council, in day-long debate, urged to strengthen measures to end rape in war zones

Conflict-related sexual violence, horrific in itself, is also an impediment to national reconciliation and development, top United Nations officials told the Security Council at the start of a day-long debate, urging increased political and financial pressure on those who commit, command or condone sexual violence in war zones.

UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict starts first official visit to Somalia

A United Nations envoy has arrived in Somalia on an information-gathering visit to raise awareness and discuss ways of addressing sexual violence in the Horn of Africa country.

UN envoy and DR Congo sign agreement to tackle sexual violence in conflict

A United Nations envoy has praised the efforts of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to address conflict-related sexual violence, and announced the signing of an agreement with the country’s authorities to address this pervasive issue.

National leadership crucial for tackling sexual violence in DR Congo – UN envoy

Conflict-related sexual violence is one of the most urgent challenges facing the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a senior United Nations official says, stressing that leadership and responsibility on the part of the Government is critical to tackling this issue.

Marking International Day, UN calls for eliminating violence against women

United Nations officials today issued a call to governments and citizens across the world to take action to end violence against women in all its forms and in all its contexts.

Cambodia: UN official welcomes possibility of genocide court trying sexual crimes

A senior United Nations official today welcomed the recent decision by Cambodia’s genocide tribunal to annul a previous ruling that would have prevented it from trying crimes of sexual violence committed during the Khmer Rouge regime.

UN officials join global call to end violence against women and girls

United Nations officials today joined millions of people around the world who are taking a stance against violence against women as part of the ‘One Billion Rising’ campaign.

UN official condemns arrest of Somali journalist for reporting on rape case

The United Nations official dealing with conflict-related sexual violence today condemned the arrest of a Somali journalist who was detained for conducting an interview with a woman who claimed she was raped by members of the Somali Army in September.

DR Congo: UN official welcomes Security Council action in efforts against conflict-related sexual violence

The United Nations official dealing with conflict-related sexual violence today welcomed the Security Council’s imposition of sanctions on two armed groups active in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – the Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda (FDLR) and 23 March Movement (M23).