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Human Rights Council to discuss DRC

Human Rights Council to discuss DRC | Sexual violence in conflict situations | Scoop.it

The 25th session of the Human Rights Council, which from 3-28 March 2014, will be discussing sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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Key issues: Gender, conflict and emergencies

Key issues: Gender, conflict and emergencies | Sexual violence in conflict situations | Scoop.it

Sexual violence often goes unnoticed or ignored in situations of conflict or security breakdown. In recent years there has been more awareness of issues such as rape as a weapon of war and much research and campaigning has been focused on the issue. This is the Eldis collection of key resources on gender, conflict and emergencies.

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‘Forced Marriage’ in conflict situations

‘Forced Marriage’ in conflict situations | Sexual violence in conflict situations | Scoop.it

In this article from the Canadian Journal of Human Rights, the author explores the crime of forced marriage in conflict situations and argues that the practices referred to as forced marriage in war ought to be charged instead as enslavement in international law. The various debates around the issue are presented through African case studies from Liberia, Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with a focus on Sierra Leone. 

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No one to turn to: Life for children in eastern DRC

No one to turn to: Life for children in eastern DRC | Sexual violence in conflict situations | Scoop.it

This report focuses on the deadly conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The authors of this report spoke to more than 100 children in camps and communities in North and South Kivu to gather their views as leaders come together to design a new roadmap for peace in 2014. 

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Stop Rape Now

Stop Rape Now | Sexual violence in conflict situations | Scoop.it

Stop Rape Now is a campaign from UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN Action). It works to unite the work of 12 UN entities to prevent all forms of gender based violence, including sexual violence in conflict. The aim is to improve coordination and accountability, amplify programming and advocacy, and support national efforts to prevent sexual violence and respond effectively to the needs of survivors.

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Congo warlord Bosco Ntaganda at the ICC

Congo warlord Bosco Ntaganda at the ICC | Sexual violence in conflict situations | Scoop.it

Bosco Ntaganda has recently been confronted with his alleged war crimes in the DRC by prosecutors at The Hague. He is accused of ordering fighters to shoot and behead civilians, rape women and recruit child soldiers (story from The Guardian UK: February, 2014).

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Syrian women and girls: fleeing death, facing ongoing threats and humiliation

Syrian women and girls: fleeing death, facing ongoing threats and humiliation | Sexual violence in conflict situations | Scoop.it

The International Rescue Committee conducted a rapid assessment on the situation faced by Syrian women and girl refugees in Lebanon, and came up with a number of key findings related to violence. These included frequent reports of rape and sexual violence, including torture and rape, an increase in early marriage, as a way to 'protect' girls and an increase in intimate partner violence since the conflict.

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“Here, rape is normal”: A five-point plan to curtail sexual violence in Somalia

“Here, rape is normal”: A five-point plan to curtail sexual violence in Somalia | Sexual violence in conflict situations | Scoop.it

This report from Human rights Watch highlights the issue of sexual violence in Somalia, in a context of two decades of civil conflict and a large population of displaced persons and other people vulnerable to sexual violence. The key recommendations focus on: physical prevention, emergency health services, access to justice, legal and policy reform and promotion of women’s equality.

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Sexual violence in conflict and sanctions

Sexual violence in conflict and sanctions | Sexual violence in conflict situations | Scoop.it

This report analyses statistical information on women, peace and security in country-specific decisions of the Security Council with a particular focus in the case study on the nexus between sexual violence in conflict and sanctions imposed by the Security Council. The overarching observation of the report is that there has been significant pushback on women, peace and security issues. 

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