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Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 213639, tabled on 5 November 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress he has made in ending sexual violence in conflict since the Global Summit in June 2014.

Answered on

17 November 2014

The Global Summit set in motion a series of unprecedented practical steps and commitments. In addition, it significantly raised the profile of this issue and placed it firmly on the international policy agenda. Following the Summit, we are now working to implement the outcomes of the Summit and to incorporate efforts to prevent sexual violence in conflict into all aspects of international conflict prevention, stabilisation, peacebuilding, security and justice, humanitarian and human rights work. This is based on a programme of political and practical activity that includes: - Implementing the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict through advocacy, capacity building and national application; -Encouraging governments to implement fully in domestic legislation the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and for more states to accede to the Rome Statute and to implement fully its provisions in domestic law; - Pressing governments to do more to support HRDs and building further the capacity of local civil society and grass roots organisations to document and respond to acts of sexual violence and to provide support to survivors; and - Encouraging governments to do more to include sexual violence issues in their doctrine and training and to enforce initiatives on military conduct and discipline. We are also working with and encouraging those governments who announced new plans or commitments at the Summit to implement them as fully and as quickly as possible. This country activity is complemented by ongoing UK support to the full range of multilateral bodies so as to ensure that PSVI and the outcomes from the Summit are fully integrated into their daily activity as well as future international events. During the UN General Assembly in New York in September, I co-hosted, with the UN Secretary General's Special Representative on tackling sexual violence, Zainab Bangura, a conference attended by over 120 representatives of countries, international bodies, and Non-Governmental Organisations, to agree concrete steps for turning the Global Summit's conclusions into real change on the ground.