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Sexual violence against children during armed conflict, vastly under-reported

New York/IBNS: While warring parties agreed to more than 30 action plans, road maps, command orders and other measures to better protect children in 2019 – the highest number in any one year – rape and other forms of sexual violence remain vastly under-reported, including against boys, the leading UN advocate on the issue told the Security Council on Tuesday.

COVID-19 intensifies ‘brutal crime’ of sexual violence in conflict

New York/IBNS: Conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) is “a brutal crime” that is being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief underscored on Friday, the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Reparations for sexual violence in conflict – ‘what survivors want most, yet receive least’

New York/IBNS: Ten years ago, the UN Security Council established a mandate to prevent and address the scourge of conflict-related sexual violence. At a commemorative event on Wednesday, the UN deputy chief described that commitment as essential to “highlight, prevent and seek justice for this crime”.

Myanmar military committed ‘routine, systematic’ sexual violence against ethnic minorities, UN experts find

New York, Aug 23 (IBNS): Myanmar’s military must stop using sexual and gender-based violence to terrorize and punish ethnic minorities, according to a new report released on Thursday by the United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission.

Human Rights Council hears plea to protect victims of ‘brutal’ sexual violence in South Sudan

New York, Sept 18 (IBNS): The plight of South Sudan’s women and girls “should no longer be ignored”, UN investigators told the UN Human Rights Council on Monday, citing the disturbing testimonies of sexual abuse victims who have been treated by soldiers and militias as the “spoils” of the more than five-year conflict.

It’s time to ‘eliminate the scourge of conflict-related sexual violence’, urges UN chief

New York, June 20 (IBNS): The effects of conflict-related sexual violence echo across generations, in the form of trauma, stigma, and unwanted pregnancy, said the UN chief on Tuesday, describing the scourge as “a threat to our collective security” and “a stain on our common humanity.”

Report highlights UN progress in fight to stamp out sexual exploitation and abuse

New York, Mar 14 (JEN): The number of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by personnel serving with the United Nations dropped from 165 in 2016 to 138 last year, according to the latest report by the UN Secretary-General on implementing a zero-tolerance policy for these crimes.

UN envoy on conflict-related sexual violence reports on visits to Iraq and Sudan

New York, Mar 10 (JEN): A senior United Nations official has stressed the need to ensure survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in Iraq are fully protected and that perpetrators are brought to justice.

UN receives 40 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in last quarter of 2017

New York, Feb 23 (JEN): The United Nations has received 40 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse across its entities and implementing partners for the last three months of 2017, including 15 reported from peacekeeping operations, UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric announced on Thursday.

Women and children threatened by sexual violence at refugee reception centres in Greek islands – UN

New York, Feb 10 (JEN): Asylum seekers are reporting sexual harassment and violence at some sub-standard reception centres on Greek islands – where even bathing during the daytime can be dangerous – despite Government measures to address the dire living conditions, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Friday.

Perpetrators, not victims, should be shamed for conflict-related sexual violence – UN report

New York, May 4 (Just Earth News)Survivors of sexual violence in war zones need to be recognized as legitimate victims of conflict and terrorism, and not blamed, stigmatized or shamed, the United Nations has said in an annual report to be presented to the Security Council.