NEW YORK, MAY 15 – “Prevention and assistance to victims of sexual violence in conflict are not enough without accountability of perpetrators: only when sexual violence will become visibly more costly, will there be a significant step forward towards the eradication of this scourge”, the Italian Permanent Representative Sebastiano Cardi told an open debate of the Security Council on Monday.
“Prevention fails if there are no consequences to these crimes and the International Criminal Court is crucial to this effort. The Statute of the ICC expressly lists various forms of sexual and gender-based crimes as underlying acts of both crimes against humanity and war crimes”, Cardi said recalling that building national capacities is central for strengthening accountability for these crimes. This is what we are doing through the Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU) in Vicenza which provides high-quality training and specialized courses for peacekeepers on the “prevention and investigation of sexual and gender-based violence”.
The debate was based on the April 26 Secretary-General’s annual report on conflict-related sexual violence, focusing particularly on sexual violence in conflict as a tactic of war and terrorism. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and Under-Secretary-General Adama Dieng, who is currently officer-in-charge of the Office of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, briefed the Council, together with Mina Jaf, Executive Director of Women Refugee Route, as a civil society representative.
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