UN Calls for Action Against Sexual Violence in War Zones

02 February, 2018, 00:05 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Angelina Jolie

(Web Desk) - Special Envoy to the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie has condemned sexual violence against victimised Rohingya women amidst the crisis.

Jolie has spent much of time in the public working to bring key human rights issues to the forefront of the global political dialogue.

Jens Stoltenberg said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was not only an alliance providing defence against military threats but also a political alliance based on the core values of democracy, individual liberty, rule of law, and the UN Charter and, therefore, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation had the responsibility of protecting women's rights.

She added, "This is not only a question of protecting women; this is a question of valuing women". Dressed in a black off-the-shoulder sheath dress, a matching capelet, and classic pumps (also black), the UN Special Envoy also received briefings from NATO's gender advisers in Afghanistan and Kosovo. "Your commitment raises awareness of what more we must do to protect the most vulnerable", he said.


Measures to prevent sexual violence, as well as the implementation of protections for women in war zones, is expected to feature prominently among the talks.

Her remarks followed a report by Human Rights Watch that alleged systematic rape against women and girls was a widespread feature of the Myanmar military's campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Muslim minority.

Stoltenberg said the alliance was working to address rape in war zones, such as increasing the number of women serving in the military and improving the process of reporting sexual violence.

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