GENEVA / DRC SEXUAL VIOLENCE

25-Mar-2014 00:02:31
For the first time ever the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council has held a high level dialogue to discuss lessons learned and the continuing challenges in combating sexual violence in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). CH UNTV
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STORY: GENEVA / DRC SEXUAL VIOLENCE
TRT: 2.31
SOURCE:OHCHR
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 25 MARCH 2014, GENEVA
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot
2. SOUNDBITE (English) UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay
“I continue to encourage the Congolese authorities to follow up on the various cases. Where evidence is available the perpetrators of these crimes should be prosecuted.”
3. Cutaway, human rights Council
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Navi Pillay,UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“There remain serious obstacles to accountability for crimes of sexual violence. In particular, victims are reluctant to come forward for fear of stigmatization, and because they lack legal support and other services. Other obstacles are related to structural deficiencies within the judiciary, including delays in the investigation of cases or in rendering judgments; non-execution of judgments; lack of well-trained judges; corruption; and the insufficient logistical and financial resources of the justice system.”
5. Cutaway, human rights council
6. SOUNDBITE (French) Wivine Mumba Matipa, DRC Minister of justice and human rights:
“The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been torn apart, destroyed and bled, especially in its Eastern part, by recurrent armed conflicts that have been imposed from the outside. In this context, sexual violence has been used as a real weapon of war, individual or collective rape, physical abuse, sexual harassment, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, genital mutilation, kidnapping and others can be brought up in this regard.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on sexual violence in conflict, Zeinab Hawa Bangura
“The decision makers who sacrifice accountability, vetting and reparations during peace-making processes, for short-termed peace gains, also share in the responsibilities for shaping post-conflict periods.”
9. Wide shot, human rights council

STORYLINE

For the first time ever the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council has held a high level dialogue to discuss lessons learned and the continuing challenges in combating sexual violence in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The human rights chief Navi Pillay told delegates of the Council that she continued to encourage the Congolese authorities to follow up on the various cases, adding in “where evidence is available the perpetrators of these crimes should be prosecuted.”

Pillay noted that the UN joint human rights office in the Congo has registered an increase in the number of State agents who are prosecuted for acts of sexual violence. She commended the government’s adoption of a national strategy on combating sexual and gender based violence.

However, she pointed out that there remain a number of obstacles inhibiting accountability for crimes of sexual violence.

Pillay said “there, remain serious obstacles to accountability for crimes of sexual violence. In particular, victims are reluctant to come forward for fear of stigmatization, and because they lack legal support and other services.”

She added “other obstacles are related to structural deficiencies within the judiciary, including delays in the investigation of cases or in rendering judgments, non-execution of judgments, lack of well-trained judges, corruption and the insufficient logistical and financial resources of the justice system.”

DRC minister of justice and human rights Wivine Mumba Matipa acknowledged that sexual violence was an issue of grave concern and that the government, as a priority, was committed to addressing the issue, adding there were ongoing challenges.

She listed insecurity, effective magistrates and other judicial personnel as well as ensuring compensation for victims of sexual violence as some of the challenges the government faces.

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on sexual violence in conflict Zeinab Hawa Bangura echoed the call to fight impunity. She cited poor capacity of national authorities to prosecute sexual violence crimes as one of the biggest impediments in the fight against impunity.

She said “the decision makers who sacrifice accountability, v
STORYLINE
EVA / DRC SEXUAL VIOLENCE
TRT: 2.31
SOURCE:OHCHR
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 25 MARCH 2014, GENEVA

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot
2. SOUNDBITE (English) UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay
“I continue to encourage the Congolese authorities to follow up on the various cases. Where evidence is available the perpetrators of these crimes should be prosecuted.”
3. Cutaway, human rights Council
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Navi Pillay,UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“There remain serious obstacles to accountability for crimes of sexual violence. In particular, victims are reluctant to come forward for fear of stigmatization, and because they lack legal support and other services. Other obstacles are related to structural deficiencies within the judiciary, including delays in the investigation of cases or in rendering judgments; non-execution of judgments; lack of well-trained judges; corruption; and the insufficient logistical and financial resources of the justice system.”
5. Cutaway, human rights council
6. SOUNDBITE (French) Wivine Mumba Matipa, DRC Minister of justice and human rights:
“The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been torn apart, destroyed and bled, especially in its Eastern part, by recurrent armed conflicts that have been imposed from the outside. In this context, sexual violence has been used as a real weapon of war, individual or collective rape, physical abuse, sexual harassment, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, genital mutilation, kidnapping and others can be brought up in this regard.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on sexual violence in conflict, Zeinab Hawa Bangura
“The decision makers who sacrifice accountability, vetting and reparations during peace-making processes, for short-termed peace gains, also share in the responsibilities for shaping post-conflict periods.”
9. Wide shot, human rights council

STORYLINE

For the first time ever the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council has held a high level dialogue to discuss lessons learned and the continuing challenges in combating sexual violence in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The human rights chief Navi Pillay told delegates of the Council that she continued to encourage the Congolese authorities to follow up on the various cases, adding in “where evidence is available the perpetrators of these crimes should be prosecuted.”

Pillay noted that the UN joint human rights office in the Congo has registered an increase in the number of State agents who are prosecuted for acts of sexual violence. She commended the government’s adoption of a national strategy on combating sexual and gender based violence.

However, she pointed out that there remain a number of obstacles inhibiting accountability for crimes of sexual violence.

Pillay said “there, remain serious obstacles to accountability for crimes of sexual violence. In particular, victims are reluctant to come forward for fear of stigmatization, and because they lack legal support and other services.”

She added “other obstacles are related to structural deficiencies within the judiciary, including delays in the investigation of cases or in rendering judgments, non-execution of judgments, lack of well-trained judges, corruption and the insufficient logistical and financial resources of the justice system.”

DRC minister of justice and human rights Wivine Mumba Matipa acknowledged that sexual violence was an issue of grave concern and that the government, as a priority, was committed to addressing the issue, adding there were ongoing challenges.

She listed insecurity, effective magistrates and other judicial personnel as well as ensuring compensation for victims of sexual violence as some of the challenges the government faces.

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on sexual violence in conflict Zeinab Hawa Bangura echoed the call to fight impunity. She cited poor capacity of national authorities to prosecute sexual violence crimes as one of the biggest impediments in the fight against impunity.

She said “the decision makers who sacrifice accountability, vetting and reparations during peace-making processes, for short-termed peace gains, also share in the responsibilities for shaping post-conflict periods.”
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