UN / SEXUAL VIOLENCE

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The Security Council held an Arria-formula meeting on the preventive impact of criminal accountability for conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 08 FEBRUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior, UN Headquarters

08 FEBRUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Tonderai Chikuhwa, Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict:
“As long as it remains cost-free to rape a woman, a child, or a man in a situation of conflict, we will never stem the tide of these crimes. So essentially the Council’s recognized that we must use all means available to increase the cost and the consequences for those who commit, command, or condone sexual violence, including the use of sanctions and other targeted measures.”
4. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Katarina Barley, Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection, Germany:
“Universal jurisdiction means that crimes against international law can be prosecuted in Germany even if neither the perpetrator, nor the victim is a German citizen. Germany wants to send a clear warning to potential perpetrators anywhere in the world; they can expect punishment for such crimes even years after the offence. They should not consider Germany as a safe haven.”
6. Med shot, representative of France
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Toussaint Muntazini Mukimapa, Prosecutor, Special Crimes Court in the Central African Republic:
“Despite it being a widespread phenomenon, sexual violence has been and remains highly under reported in Central African Republic. The Special Prosecutor ’s office is just aware that sexual violence cases will be extremely challenging to investigate, mostly due to the fear of retaliation and the social stigma faced by the victims. The Special Prosecutor’s office will place great emphasis on providing protective measures and psycho-social assistance for the victims and create an environment for them to provide the best evidence possible.”
8. Med shot, Barley
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Akila Radhakrishnan, President, Global Justice Centre:
“The fight against impunity also requires that states and institutions, including the United Nations be held to account when they fail in their obligation to prevent and punish atrocities. This isn’t limited solely to those who had a hand in the commission, rather it applies equally to those who stood by and allowed it to happen. This is why the Geneva Convention not only requires respect for the convention, but also imposes an obligation on all parties to ensure respect.”
10. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council

STORYLINE:

The Security Council held an Arria-formula meeting today (08 Feb) on the preventive impact of criminal accountability for conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence.

The Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor of the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Tonderai Chikuhwa, said that “as long as it remains cost-free to rape a woman, a child, or a man in a situation of conflict, we will never stem the tide of these crimes.”

He said the Council though it’s resolutions on this matter has recognized “that we must use all means available to increase the cost and the consequences for those who commit, command, or condone sexual violence, including the use of sanctions and other targeted measures.”

The meeting was organised by Germany, in partnership with Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, France, Kuwait, Peru, Poland, South Africa and the United Kingdom, and was chaired by Katarina Barley, the Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection of Germany.

Barley spoke about German universal jurisdiction laws as they relate to sexual violence.

She said “crimes against international law can be prosecuted in Germany even if neither the perpetrator, nor the victim is a German citizen. Germany wants to send a clear warning to potential perpetrators anywhere in the world; they can expect punishment for such crimes even years after the offence. They should not consider Germany as a safe haven.”

Speaking via teleconference from Bangui, the Prosecutor of the Special Crimes Court in the Central African Republic (CAR), Toussaint Muntazini Mukimapa, said that “despite it being a widespread phenomenon, sexual violence has been and remains highly under reported in Central African Republic.”

He said his office is aware that “sexual violence cases will be extremely challenging to investigate, mostly due to the fear of retaliation and the social stigma faced by the victims.”

His office, he said “will place great emphasis on providing protective measures and psycho-social assistance for the victims and create an environment for them to provide the best evidence possible.”

Representing civil society, the President of the Global Justice Centre, Akila Radhakrishnan, said
“the fight against impunity also requires that states and institutions, including the United Nations be held to account when they fail in their obligation to prevent and punish atrocities.”

She added that “his isn’t limited solely to those who had a hand in the commission, rather it applies equally to those who stood by and allowed it to happen.”

The Council has addressed this issue as part of the women, peace and security agenda, particularly through four Council resolutions on sexual violence in conflict: 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009), 1960 (2010) and 2106 (2013). The issue has also been addressed in resolution 2331 (2016), which recognises that sexual violence can be used as a tactic of terrorism, and in resolution 2447 (2018), which includes a specific reference to prevention and response to CRSV.

"Arria-formula meetings" are informal, confidential gatherings which enable Security Council members to have a frank and private exchange of views, within a flexible procedural framework, with persons whom the inviting member or members of the Council believe it would be beneficial to hear and/or to whom they may wish to convey a message.
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