Sunday 19 November 2017

Angelina Jolie highlights horror of war rapes

Angelina Jolie speaking before the UN Security Council at the United Nationals HQ in New York
Angelina Jolie speaking before the UN Security Council at the United Nationals HQ in New York

Rachael Alexander

ACTRESS Angelina Jolie has made her debut before the UN's most powerful body as a special envoy for refugees and urged the world's nations to make the fight against rape in war a top priority.

She told the Security Council that "hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of women, children and men have been raped in conflicts in our lifetimes".

Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the UN high commissioner for refugees, said the Security Council has witnessed 67 years of wars and conflict since it was established "but the world has yet to take up warzone rape as a serious priority".

"You set the bar," she added yesterday. "If the ... council sets rape and sexual violence in conflict as a priority it will become one and progress will be made. If you do not, this horror will continue."

However soon after Jolie spoke, the council adopted a legally binding resolution demanding the complete and immediate cessation of all acts of sexual violence in armed conflict.

Irish Independent

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