sexual violence

UN issues new guidelines to help mediators address sexual violence in conflict

The United Nations today unveiled new guidelines to help mediators address the problem of sexual violence in conflict by placing the issue high on the agenda when brokering peace agreements and ceasefires.

UN report on sexual violence during conflict singles out worst offenders

The annual United Nations report documenting conflict-related sexual violence around the world today for the first time names some of the military forces, militia and other armed groups that are suspected of being among the worst offenders.

Atrocities in Guinea must never be forgotten, says UN envoy on sexual violence

The United Nations official leading the fight against sexual violence during conflicts today urged the international community to never forget the deadly violence which ravaged Guinea in September 2009, noting that while justice in the country had been delayed, it could not be denied.

In Sierra Leone, UN envoy urges greater support for sexual violence survivors

The United Nations official leading efforts against sexual violence in conflict today called for greater support for survivors of sexual abuse in Sierra Leone, saying they needed access to justice and assistance to reintegrate into society.

UN envoy voices concern over abuse of DR Congo migrants expelled from Angola

The envoy spearheading United Nations efforts to combat sexual violence in conflict today voiced concern over allegations that migrants from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Angola continue to be subjected to human rights abuse, including rape, in the process of being expelled from the country.

UN envoy welcomes conviction for rape and murder during Bosnian conflict

The envoy spearheading United Nations efforts to combat sexual violence in conflict today welcomed the conviction of a Bosnian Serb ex-soldier for acts of murder, rape and enslavement during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s.

Countries must treat sexual violence as serious security threat – top UN officials

Sexual violence in conflict represents a threat to peace and security and is not just a health or human rights issue, top United Nations officials told Member States today at a mini-summit on preventing and responding to sexual violence in conflict.

UN envoys voice outrage after mass rape in eastern DR Congo

The envoy spearheading United Nations efforts to combat sexual violence during conflicts has strongly condemned the mass rape of more than 150 civilians in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) earlier this month.

UN envoy welcomes study into extent of sexual violence in DR Congo

The United Nations envoy leading the world’s body efforts to eliminate sexual violence during conflict has welcomed the release of a new study on sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that indicates the prevalence of the crime is much worse than previously reported.

UN envoy welcomes start of trial of two men accused of mass rapes in DR Congo

The official spearheading United Nations efforts to combat the scourge of sexual violence committed during war has welcomed today’s start of a trial in Germany of two Rwandans accused of ordering massacres and mass rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).