UN passes resolution to end conflict-related sexual violence
United Nations: The United Nations on Tuesday adopted a new resolution to end conflict-related sexual violence, saying that such acts should face rigorous prosecution to deter and prevent this `evil`.
During a debate on Women and Peace and Security, the 15-member United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted the new resolution.
The `Resolution 2106` emphasises more consistent and rigorous investigation and prosecution of sexual violence crimes as a central aspect of deterrence, and ultimately prevention, the UN said in a statement.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, at the outset of the debate, said "Sexual violence, whenever and wherever it occurs, is a vile crime. It must be exposed and met with the anger and action that it deserves."
Ban stressed that those who hold power and influence have a special duty to step forward and be part of a global coalition of champions determined to break this `evil`.
Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Angelina Jolie, while taking part in the debate, said Every country in the world is affected by sexual violence, and all countries have a responsibility to step forward, adding that a political will was needed to tackle the problem.
"But the starting point must be you, the UN Security Council shouldering your responsibilities and showing leadership? If the Security Council sets rape and sexual violence in conflict as a priority, it will become one and progress will be made. If you do not, this horror will continue," she said.
Earlier, in its three resolutions in 2008, 2009 and 2010, the Council affirmed that sexual violence, when committed systematically and used as a tool of war, is a fundamental threat to international peace and security, requiring an operational security and judicial response.