Last week, UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague, announced that London would be hosting a three-day summit next year on demanding “justice and respect” for victims of rape in war zones. His co-chair will be actress, Angelina Jolie, who has been fighting against sexual violence within her role as a UN special envoy for refugees.
Representatives of 137 countries will be in attendance, all of them having signed a British-backed declaration that rape in war zones will never be overlooked or ignored for the sake of negotiating peace deals. Jolie has said, “This summit is long overdue. The goal must be an end to impunity, and justice and respect for the survivors of these horrendous crimes… We are committed to see that through no matter what it takes, and I hope other countries will take part and live up to their responsibilities.”
“We intend it to be the largest summit ever staged on this issue,” Mr. Hague said. “We want to bring the world to a point of no return, creating irreversible momentum towards ending warzone rape and sexual violence worldwide.” Hague also said that Jolie’s role in the summit is “indispensable.”
“This issue is not about politics, but about our common humanity,” Hague added. “And it is not enough to be united in condemnation of it, unless we are united in action against it.”
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