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Jolie continues anti-rape campaign

Published 29/07/2013 | 15:27

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Angelina Jolie screened her film In The Land Of Blood And Honey at the United Nations University in Tokyo

Angelina Jolie urged a Japanese audience to join her fight to stop sexual violence in war zones.

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Speaking as she screened her directorial debut In The Land Of Blood And Honey, she said she hoped her film would inspire viewers to think about rape in war.

In April, the Group of Eight leaders agreed to work to end rape and sexual violence in conflict and the United Nations Security Council adopted text urging sanctions against perpetrators of sexual violence during armed conflict.

"This is just a beginning," she said. "Our aim must be to shatter impunity, so that rape can no longer be used as a weapon of war anywhere in the world as it was in Bosnia, and as it is today from Congo to Syria."

Angelina, who serves as special envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, was speaking at a special screening event at the UN University in Tokyo, as part of her campaign launched with British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

She said she hoped her film would inspire the Japanese viewers to think further about the problem and take action, just as the campaign had taken her across the globe.

"When I started down the road, making this film, I thought only of telling a story and doing my best to try to give a voice to survivors," she said. "But today I am here not only as a director, but as a campaigner, and a part of a global effort that is growing every day."

Angelina's award-winning 2011 film about the war in Bosnia hits Japanese theatres on August 10. The fictional tale of a romance between a Bosnian Serb man and a Bosnian Muslim woman, set during the Balkan war in the 1990s, won the Producer's Guild of America's Stanley Kramer Award.

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