Press Release

Published 11 June 2014

The Foreign Secretary William Hague and Special Envoy Angelina Jolie launch Protocol to increase prosecutions for sexual violence in conflict.

The overwhelming majority of perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict are not held to account for the crimes they commit. This has led to a global culture of impunity for warzone rape.

Press Release

From: Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street, Department for International Development, Home Office, The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP and + others
Published: 22 July 2014

The government will today announce new action and funding to protect millions of girls from female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

From: UK Department for International Development and the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP

The Prime Minister will host a major event in July to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM) and early and forced marriage both domestically and internationally.

Both early and forced marriage and FGM are deep rooted cultural practices which violate the rights of girls and women both in this country and overseas.

By Julian Borger

The UK is setting up a special rapid deployment unit to collect evidence on mass rape used as a weapon during global conflicts, as part of a broader initiative to be launched on Tuesday to combat sexual war crimes of the kind seen in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, central Africa, and now in Syria.

By Sharon Otterman and Ray Rivera

The first shock came when Mordechai Jungreis learned that his mentally disabled teenage son was being molested in a Jewish ritual bathhouse in Brooklyn. The second came after Mr. Jungreis complained, and the man accused of the abuse was arrested.

NOTE: This article contains graphic content that may be triggering for some readers.


By Baruch Ben-Chorin

In 1970, when Waris Dirie was a 5-year-old in Somalia, her mother held her down on a rock. She gave her a piece of root from an old tree.

"Bite on this," she said. Her mother leaned over and whispered: "Try to be a good girl. Be brave for Mama, and it will go fast." Then, an old woman who was with them in the African bush cut off parts of her genitals with a broken razor blade.

UN agencies in charge of refugee camps for victims of Haiti's earthquake are inexperienced and dysfunctional, the US charity Refugees International says.


The groups says reports of gang rapes are common, and a lack of translators means UN police cannot do their job.


A UN spokeswoman told the BBC that the organisation was doing its best, but said the scale of the disaster made their job very difficult.


More than a million people were left homeless by the quake.


Figures that reveal that fewer girls in Africa and the Middle East are being subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) show it is possible to end the practice, the UN has said.

FGM, which typically involves removing the clitoris, can lead to bleeding, infections and childbirth problems.

The UN data said it was particularly in decline amongst the young in Kenya.

Kenyan women aged between 45 and 49 are three times more likely to have been cut than girls aged 15-19, it said.

7 April 2009 – The United Nations today launched a manual for parliamentarians across the world aimed at helping lawmakers end the global scourge of modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

 “Around the world, millions of people, usually women and children, are trapped in a modern form of slavery called human trafficking,” Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said at the launch of the handbook.


10 December 2009 -- The United Nations marked Human Rights Day today, the 61st anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, by stressing the enduring need to eliminate all forms of discrimination, with officials in the world’s most crisis-plagued regions – from Iraq to Afghanistan to Somalia – appealing for tolerance in the interests of peace.



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