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Angelina Jolie urges U.N. Security Council to act on war zone rape

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 01:31

Actress and UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) special envoy Angelina Jolie tells the United Nations Security Council that addressing sexual violence in war zones is ''your responsibility.''

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Actress Angelina Jolie urged the U.N. Security Council on Monday (June 24) to make dealing with war zone rape a top priority as she shared stories of survivors she has met, including a Congolese mother whose 5-year-old daughter was raped outside a police station. Oscar-winner Jolie, a special envoy for the U.N. Refugee Agency, told the council that it must shoulder its responsibility and provide leadership. The actress described to the council horrific incidents of sexual violence in war zones. She called the use of rape in conflict a "tool of war" and added that it constitutes "a crime against humanity." Jolie, who has been to refugee camps around the world, highlighted during her address that while there were hundreds of thousands of survivors of sexual violence there had only been a handful of prosecutions because the world had not made the issue a priority. "Please, do not let this issue fall when you leave this chamber," Jolie told the members of the Security Council. Debate this issue in your parliaments. Mobilize people in your countries and build it into all your foreign policy efforts so that together you can turn the tide of global opinion, shatter impunity and finally put an end to this abhorrence." Following Jolie's speech the 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution recognizing that rape can exacerbate conflicts and impeded the restoration of peace and security.

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Angelina Jolie urges U.N. Security Council to act on war zone rape

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 01:31