sexual violence

UN envoy stresses need to prevent conflict-related sexual violence before it begins

It is critical to prevent conflict-related sexual violence before it happens, a top United Nations official stressed today, stating that the problem warrants continuous consideration by the Security Council as it deals with fighting in countries such as Libya, Côte d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

UN envoy on sexual violence welcomes African commitment to eradicating the vice

The United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict today underlined the role of the African leadership in combating sexual violence in the continent, and welcomed the commitment expressed by the African Union (AU) to ensure that the problem is eradicated.

UN urges greater cooperation to tackle rape along Angolan-Congolese border

Amid reports of women being raped during recent mass expulsions from Angola to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a senior United Nations official today called on both countries to investigate all allegations of sexual violence and take practical steps to prevent such crimes.

Verdicts in latest DR Congo rape trial show justice is possible – UN envoy

The United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict has welcomed the guilty verdicts handed down by a military court in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) against 11 army officers for crimes committed last year, saying it shows that efforts to end impunity are producing results.

Head of UN mission welcomes verdicts in DR Congo mass rape case

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has welcomed the guilty verdicts handed down this week by a military court for rape and other human rights abuses committed by national army personnel in the country’s volatile east.

DR Congo mass rape verdicts send strong signal to perpetrators – UN envoy

A senior United Nations official has welcomed today's verdicts by a military court in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which mark the first time that a high-ranking commander and several other army personnel were arrested, tried and sentenced for conflict-related sexual violence in the strife-torn nation.

DR Congo: UN helps provide psychotherapy, training for rape victims

As part of its campaign against rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations and its partners this week opened a centre in the eastern city of Bukavu to provide a safe haven and training programmes for survivors of sexual violence.

Ban calls for ‘raising the cost’ for those who use rape as a weapon of war

Only when rape in armed conflict becomes a liability for armed groups rather than a tool in the struggle for power – a war crime that will bring inevitable punishment – will progress be made in eliminating the scourge, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

UN envoy urges DR Congo authorities to probe recent allegations of mass rapes

The United Nations envoy dealing with sexual violence in conflict today called on the authorities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to immediately investigate reports of a large number of rapes that occurred recently in the eastern province of South Kivu.

Security Council steps up fight against sexual violence in conflict

The United Nations stepped up its battle against sexual violence in conflicts around the world today with the Security Council calling for perpetrators to be publicly listed and punished with sanctions.