Perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict must be held accountable: Ban Ki-moonListen /
Political leaders at the highest levels are being urged to voice their unequivocal support in preventing sexual violence.
The appeal comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking on Monday during a Security Council debate on effective justice for crimes of sexual violence in conflict.
"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. 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. I count on your sustained leadership to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable and survivors receive justice and support." (33 secs)
The United Kingdom holds the rotating monthly presidency of the Security Council for June, and the country's Foreign Secretary William Hague is chairing the meeting.
Also participating are Zeinab Hawa Bangura, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict; lawyer and activist Jane Adong Anywar, and American actress Angelina Jolie, who Mr. Ban described as a "tireless" advocate on this issue.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.