Human Rights and Democracy 2014-15

Chapter II: The Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative

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2 comments on “Chapter II: The Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative

  1. Sarah Blackstock says:

    I would like to know what is being done by the UK Government and this Department in particular, about the continuing violence and mass rape in Darfur and South Sudan?

    See this Guardian report:

    1. FCO Human Rights says:

      The UK remains very concerned about the ongoing violence in Darfur and South Sudan

      We have called on the all sides involved in the conflict in Darfur to reach a political solution and allow unfettered humanitarian access. It is also important that those responsible for human rights violations and abuses are brought to account. As Baroness Anelay stated in her statement on 13 February we were deeply disturbed by the information presented in the Human Rights Watch report on mass rape in Tabit, North Darfur. This reinforces the need for a full and open investigation, which the UK has consistently called for. DFID’s work in Sudan includes projects that will deliver comprehensive medical, psychological and legal assistance to victims of sexual violence across Sudan.

      In South Sudan the use of sexual violence in the conflict remains widespread and the country has been a priority for the UK’s Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative. In March, the Government of South Sudan (GRSS) set up a Joint Technical Working group to help them to deliver on the commitments made in the 12 October 2014 UN/South Sudan Joint Communiqué on the Prevention of Conflict-related Sexual Violence. We have welcomed this step and urge the GRSS to use it as a starting point for taking concrete actions.