Throughout the week, we will be posting the responses of GAPS partners to the new United Nations Security Council Resolution 2106 on preventing sexual violence in conflict. Here is the response from CARE International:
Geoffrey Dennis, Chief Executive of CARE International UK and advisor to William Hague on the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, said:
“The United Nations Security Council, under the presidency of the UK, has today adopted a new resolution committing to step up international action to end impunity for rape as tactic of war. This builds on the championing of this issue by the British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, through the G8, which the UK has also chaired this year.
The UN Resolution sets out commitments to enhance documentation and investigation of sexual violence crimes in conflict, as well as to strengthen the accountability of national institutions responsible for addressing the violence. CARE International UK welcomes that the UN Security Council has made the protection of civilians from these horrific crimes a priority. Greater political attention and commitment to ending such violence is important.
However, as a frontline humanitarian agency providing assistance in the midst of conflict, we remind the decision-makers in the UN Security Council of the following three points: Firstly, safety and security of survivors of this violence should be put first, every step of the way, in any justice efforts. In contexts experiencing on-going conflict and insecurity, survivors face considerable risks if their experience is used in a prosecution without being provided adequate protection. Secondly, action on impunity needs to be backed up by increased support for frontline health services for survivors, as well as psychosocial and livelihoods support. Thirdly, the international community needs to provide a wider support for women to have a voice in local, national and international efforts on peace, security and governance in countries emerging from war.
As long as women lack a voice in decision-making which affects their lives and their security, then the lack of accountability for these crimes is likely to continue.”
Read Foreign Secretary, William Hague and Angelina Jolie’s respective speeches to the UN Security Council
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