There can be no hiding place for perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict: UN official

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Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura addressiing the G8 Foreign Ministers meeting in London. Photo: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

There can be no hiding place for people who commit acts of sexual violence in conflict and the perpetrators will be pursued by all means available.

That's the message delivered on Thursday by Zainab Bangura, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Ms. Bangura spoke at the Lancaster House in London during the launch of the G8 Declaration on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

She said the commitment of the G8, which is a forum of the world's wealthiest nations, is an unequivocal signal of intent.

"Sexual violence in conflict will not be tolerated, and the full force of international order will be brought to bear to ensure accountability for such crimes. For the perpetrators, there can be no hiding place: no amnesty, no safe harbour. They will be pursued by any and all means at our collective disposal. In the process, we will begin to transfer the stigma of this crime from the victims, to the perpetrators. “

Duration:  29"

Ms. Bangura was in London en route from her first visits to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Somalia where women and even babies have been raped.

She said the G8 declaration represents a beacon of light and hope for the many devastated communities in the DR Congo, and the countless other survivors of conflicts around the world.

Dianne Penn, United Nations

Duration: 1’26″

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