sexual violence

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).

UN official and expert call on States to ensure right to justice for victims of war-time sexual violence

A United Nations senior official and an independent human rights expert today joined their voices in calling for States to ensure the right to truth and justice for victims of war-time sexual violence, as well as accountability for perpetrators.

Attack on Congolese doctor sparks outrage from UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict

The United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict has voiced her outrage at the attack against a doctor in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) widely admired for his work with rape survivors, and called on the Government to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Eradicating sexual violence in conflict not ‘a mission impossible’ – UN senior official

The elimination of sexual violence in conflict is not impossible, a United Nations senior official said today, stressing that to fully eradicate this scourge there needs to be a stronger political will from governments as well as adequate legal frameworks in place to prosecute perpetrators.

Perpetrators of mass rapes in Guinea must be brought to justice, stresses UN official

A senior United Nations official has stressed the need to assist the victims of the mass rapes that occurred three years ago today during a pro-democracy protest in the Guinean capital, Conakry, and to bring the remaining perpetrators to justice.

Stronger actions needed to prevent conflict-related sexual violence – UN and partners

The United Nations and its partners today stressed that stronger actions and commitment are needed from world leaders to prevent conflict-related sexual violence and to secure justice for survivors of gender-based crimes.

Sierra Leone’s health minister to serve as UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Zainab Hawa Bangura, currently the Minister of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone, as his new Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Colombia must fight impunity for sexual violence crimes – UN official

Colombia must increase its efforts to fight impunity for crimes of sexual violence, a United Nations envoy said today, adding that such efforts should be paired with assistance to survivors and victims.

DR Congo: UN envoy concerned about possible sexual violence amid latest fighting

A top United Nations official has voiced her concern about the latest wave of fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), especially in areas that have previously witnessed sexual violence committed against civilians by members of armed groups.

UN envoy for sexual violence in conflict to step down next month

Margot Wallström, who has been spearheading United Nations efforts to tackle sexual violence in conflict, will step down from her post at the end of May due to family considerations, it was announced today.