Congo Suspends 12 Army Officers for Ordering Mass Rape

UPDATE (15 May 2022): The UN Joint Human Rights Office released a report in May detailing the Congolese army's responsibility for the rape of 97 women and 33 girls in the town of Minova between 15 November and 2 December 2012.  Of the 12 officers suspended, only two have been officially charged so far in connection with the rapes.  The report cites inadequate training, discipline, and vetting of soldiers as potential reasons for the rapes.

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Pressure from the United Nations to take legal action against army soldiers guilty of perpetrating widespread rape in Eastern Congo’s city of Minova last November has resulted in the suspension of 12 army officers for their direct responsibility in the attacks.

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From Our Members: Colombia - Conflict Normalising Sexual Violence

Guest Post by James Stapleton, International Communications Coordinator at the Jesuit Refugee Service and Professor of Human Rights in the Rome Center of the Loyola University Chicago

When young mother Rosa Elvira Cely was found dead last year after being brutally tortured and raped by common criminals, thousands joined a march in the Colombian capital to demand justice. For a moment it seemed as if the general public had woken up to one of the most horrendous consequences of the more than 60-year conflict, widespread violence against women.

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From Our Members: Jody Williams at the Paley Center

For Jody Williams, the road to the Nobel Peace Prize began when she fought back--literally, trying to beat up kids much older and bigger than her--against the injustice she saw her brother endure in their small, rural hometown, simply because he was born deaf. "That personal injustice that I saw early on grew into righteous anger at the many injustices in our world. It led me to the work I have done my whole life as an activist." This piece of history was one of many Williams shared with an audience during an interview at the Paley Media Center in New York on April 18th, 2013, for an event titled  "She's Making Media: Jody Williams--Activism from Landmines to Killer Robots."

Williams, Co-Chair of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict, was interviewed by the Campaign's Advisory Member, Pat Mitchell, President and CEO of the Paley Center.

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UN Security Council Calls for End to Impunity for Rape in Conflict

The United Nations Security Council held its annual open debate on Women, Peace and Security on April 17, focusing this year on sexual violence in conflict. UN Special Rapporteur on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura told members, "We have an opportunity like at no other time in history to break the back of this age-old evil." 

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G8: “No Amnesty, No Safe Harbour” for Rape in Conflict

The foreign ministers of the G8 countries came together to endorse a declaration on preventing a prosecuting sexual violence in conflict zones. This commitment by international leaders is unprecedented and represents a key development in efforts to end wartime rape.

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April 2013 Bulletin

Welcome to our monthly update!

The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict and our many members around the world have been busy breaking barriers and we wanted to have a forum to share some of our activities with all of you. A monthly bulletin with a Campaign update will be sent to you at the start of every month - we hope you will forward to your friends and encourage them to join the Campaign!

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Arms Trade Treaty Recognizes Gender Violence

After more than ten days of negotiations, UN members adopted a treaty to regulate international weapon transfers. Importantly, the Arms Trade Treaty recognizes the link between the arms trade and gender violence.

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Bosco Ntaganda Faces International Criminal Court

Congolese general and M23 rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda appeared for the first time before the International Criminal Court (ICC) this week.  An indictment for Ntaganda’s arrest was first issued seven years ago.  The charges against him include murder, rape, sexual slavery, and conscription of children committed in 2002-2003 in northern Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the Campaign’s focus countries.  His arrest and appearance in court are major victories in the struggle against impunity for perpetrators of mass sexual violence.

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UN Women’s Bachelet Resigns

Michelle Bachelet, the founding Executive Director of UN Women, announced her resignation last week during the closing address to the Commission on the Status of Women.

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Commission on Status of Women: Hard-Won Victories

Last week, the United Nations 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) came to a close in New York with agreed conclusions on ending violence against women and girls. 

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