Abdullah bin Zayed stresses UAE’s support for UN initiative to combat sexual violence in conflict situations

WAM NEW YORK, 25th September, 2013 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister, yesterday urged governments to stand together to support the UN initiative to combat sexual violence in conflict situations, including condemning this crime and prosecuting and punishing the perpetrators in accordance with international criminal law.

He said this in a statement during a United Nations meeting on the “Initiative to combat sexual violence in conflict situations” on the occasion of the declaration of international commitment to end sexual violence in conflict situations, being held in association with the 68th session of the UN General Assembly.

Sheikh Abdullah also reiterated the UAE’s commitment to work with its partners from the international community to eliminate this kind of violence, which he described as a war crime.

He called for strengthening the sense of responsibility and the emphasis on the criminal justice system in countries where conflicts arise to reduce the incidence of these crimes.

The UAE Foreign Minister also mentioned the support provided by the UAE to both the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women, to strengthen international efforts to eradicate this phenomenon, and its partnership with the United Kingdom to support the efforts of the Somali government in the fight against sexual violence during conflict.

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