Sexual violence can constitute a crime against humanity: Security Council

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Angelina Jolie addresses the Security Council meeting on sexual violence in conflict. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

Sexual violence, wherever and whenever it occurs, is a vile crime, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday at the start of a day-long debate in the UN Security Council on “Addressing Impunity: Effective Justice for Crimes of Sexual Violence in Conflict”. Donn Bobb reports.

 

A girl washes her hands using water her mother is pouring from a pitcher, in the Domiz refugee camp in Iraq. [UNICEF Photo]

Sweltering situation in Syria

 

UN Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate and plans to hold the international peace conference in Geneva in July do not appear feasible.

Meanwhile, soaring summer temperatures, overcrowding and deteriorating hygienic conditions are the latest threats facing four million children affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria. That’s according to the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF).

In addition, the lack of safe water and sanitation increase the children’s chances of falling sick with diarrhoea and other diseases.

 

HIV-positive mother and child in Tanzania

New HIV infections among children in sub-Saharan Africa slashed in half

 

New HIV infections among children have been reduced by 50% or more in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new report out Tuesday.

Karusa Kiragu, a Senior Maternal and Child Health Advisor at UNAIDS says this is due to the creation of an enabling environment where service delivery can be provided more efficiently and where women are being placed at the center of the response.

Ms. Kiragu spoke to UN Radio's Patrick Maigua in Geneva about the report.

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